Michael Jackson: More bankable after death

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King of Pop Michael Jackson proved to be more profitable dead than alive. As records from information and sales tracking system for music, Nielsen Soundscan, proved that in the past five years after his death, he has sold 13.228 million albums, compared to the 13.152 million that he sold from 1996 to 2008—13 years before he died.

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In the last five years prior to his death from 2004 to 2008, Jackson sold a combined total of 3.934 million albums, less than 30 percent of his sales posthumous.

Jackson was planning a global comeback tour to help him stave off bankruptcy, five years after being acquitted of child molestation charges that left his career in tatters.

He had debts of up to $500 million before his death, but in the five years since, his executors have earned more than $700 million, according to the recent book, Michael Jackson Inc.

Money-making ventures have included the This is It movie of rehearsals for the doomed tour, a touring Cirque du Soleil stage show and two posthumous albums so far, with more to come.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of an overdose of the clinical anesthetic propofol, administered by his doctor, Conrad Murray, to help treat insomnia as the singer prepared for This Is It shows in London.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 over the star’s death and jailed for four years. He was released in October after serving two years.

WITH A REPORT FROM AFP

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