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10-25-2011, 03:12 PM
Jackson at 1-Elvis -2
Jacksons recordings sold well and his estate gets all artists royaltees for all those recordings-something that Elvis's estate sadly does not:
....... Over the past 12 months Jackson’s estate brought in $170 million from sales of his music and his stake in the Sony/ATV catalog..........

10-25-2011, 03:31 PM
Elvis' estate does very well considering it's 34 yrs since he died, and not owning his music catalogue

10-25-2011, 05:35 PM
Jackson's record sales haven't been as demanding following his death as predicted. In fact, I read somewhere months ago that Sony was concerned that they may not make back the revenue off of the $250 million deal that they made with the MJ estate when they bought the music rights. Once those rights run out in a couple of years, he'll drop in these rankings.

As for Elvis being second, since Apollo doesn't own the music or film rights, the income comes from ticket sales to Graceland and VE in Las Vegas, merchandise sales worldwide, and licensing contracts with over 600 companies. That is what separates Elvis from the others. He has Graceland and a market for anything Elvis. Jackson only has a limited music and video catalogs. It stops there. The fact that Elvis makes $55 million annually is a good sign that Apollo will see Elvis as a serious money maker for years to come and soon begin investing into both the Elvis brand and Graceland.

10-25-2011, 09:16 PM
What a crap list to be on. It means you're dead.(y)

Brian Quinn
10-26-2011, 06:58 AM
It must be remembered that Jackson has dropped 105 million dollars from last year's total. Elvis has dropped 5 million.


10-26-2011, 07:45 AM
that's a lot of difference eh Brian?

10-26-2011, 08:36 AM
I think it should also be remembered that Mr Jacksons father has seen the things that Elvis's estate did that worked in the last 34 years and he already had a killer instinct for making money that may rival even Parker.
He was working on projects the day after MJ died-he admitted as much in statements to the press.
MJ died with days and days of film that was easily turned into the film "This is It" and sent into theaters, then unto cable and DVD release.
Since he was about to make a comeback in England-Sony had already began to flood the market with his old product to be ready for the demand as the concerts in England played so they were well ahead of RCA in 1977-they had to work 24 hours a day for weeks to produce product even contracting with other labels plants to try and keep up.

10-26-2011, 04:28 PM
Let's see how Michael's estate does in 30 odd years from now...............