Sunday, March 21, 2010


Michael Jackson's Money Machine

Michael Jackson has made $90 million since his untimely death in June. Mr. Jackson’s estate has been valued at several hundred million dollars. It contains some big assets, including a 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV, a music publishing partnership that includes the rights to the Beatles catalog; Mr. Jackson’s own song catalog; and Neverland Ranch. But there also are large debts, because of Mr. Jackson’s free-spending ways. While Mr. Jackson’s portion of Sony/ATV was worth an estimated $500 million at the time of his death, he had about $300 million of debt against it held by Barclays.

Despite speculation, Mr. Branca said, “we do not contemplate selling any portion of Sony/ATV.”

Beyond 2009, Mr. Branca and others estimate the business of Michael Jackson could generate about $50 million to $100 million annually.

“We are very optimistic about the revenue we will generate,” said Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain. “But we also have to be sober about the debt the estate has.”

The overall value of Mr. Jackson’s business, were it to be sold in the future like Mr. Presley’s was, would most likely be several hundred million dollars, said Mark Roesler, chairman of CMG Worldwide, a licensing firm that has worked with the estates of Mr. Presley, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.

“You have someone who left a mark on six billion people in the world,” Mr. Roesler said.

“If you put a value of $110 million on Elvis Presley’s intellectual property rights, that’s a baseline. It’s certainly in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Neverland Ranch itself could become a future moneymaker, just like Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Some family members hope that Mr. Jackson will be buried there, but that decision has not been made. Neverland is owned in partnership with Colony Capital, a Los Angeles real estate company that stepped in when Mr. Jackson was on the brink of foreclosure.

Another idea is to establish a permanent Michael Jackson attraction in Las Vegas, which would house the late singer’s memorabilia. This option may be preferable to Neverland, because Las Vegas is more easily accessible to tourists.

In life, Mr. Jackson faced a precarious financial future, as he piled on debts to finance his tastes in art, to travel on private jets and to keep up Neverland. In death, his estate may enjoy the financial security he never had.

Few celebrity deaths have garnered more media attention. Since his June passing, Jackson's estate has sold an estimated 9 million albums worldwide plus more than 5.5 million digital downloads.

Sony shelled out $60 million for the rights to produce This is It, the highly anticipated movie featuring rehearsal footage of what was to be a 50-date concert engagement at London's O2 arena.

The $60 million advance will be split between Jackson's estate and concert promoter AEG. The estate, AEG and Sony will divvy up any profits from the movie.
Merchandise created for the tour has been selling briskly online.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Wikipedia Defines Mike's Career

A very good way to sum up the life of MJ appears in Wikipedia. It's still a little difficult to grasp the fact that Mike is now referred to in the past tense.

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), known as the "King of Pop", was an American musician and one of the most commercially successful entertainers of all time. His unique contributions to music and dance, along with a highly publicized personal life, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for four decades.

He started a solo career in 1971, having made his debut in 1964 as a member of The Jackson 5. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time, with four others — Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995) — among the best selling. He popularized several intricate dance moves, such as the robot and the moonwalk. He is widely credited with having transformed the music video from a promotional tool into an art form, with videos for his songs "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and "Thriller" making him the first African American artist to amass a strong crossover following on MTV, and has influenced scores of music artists.

Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his other achievements feature multiple Guinness World Records — including the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time" — 13 Grammy Awards, 17 number one singles (including the four as a member of the Jackson 5), and estimated sales between 350 million and 750 million records worldwide.[3] He was also a notable philanthropist and humanitarian who donated and raised millions of dollars through support of 39 charities and his own Heal the World Foundation.

Jackson's personal life generated controversy for years. His changing appearance was noticed from the late 1970s and early 1980s, with changes to the shape of his nose and to the color of his skin drawing media publicity. He was accused in 1993 of child sexual abuse, although no charges were brought. He married twice, first in 1994 and again in 1996, and brought up three children, one born to a surrogate mother. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of child molestation allegations. While preparing for the This Is It concert tour in 2009, Jackson died at the age of 50 after suffering from cardiac arrest. He reportedly had been administered drugs such as propofol and lorazepam, and his death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner. His memorial service was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people. Jackson was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California on September 3, 2009 at a private ceremony.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Greatest Entertainer of All Time

Please share your thoughts about the King of Pop. This is a "Tribute-to-Mike" so haters stay away. There are plenty other forums and blogs on the Internet that you can post your displeasure and/or disdain for Mike, that is definitely your perrogative, but not here. Negative comments will not be debated, they will simply be deleted and your IP address will be blocked from further communicating with this blog.

My memories go back to the Jackson 5 cartoon and the little pet snake. I recall the Jackson 5 variety show and the appearances on all the top tv shows back in the day .. Carol Burnett, Merv Griffin, Cher, and many others. We took Mike and the Jacksons for granted because we always expected and received the best. There were groups that tried to emulate the Jacksons, ie. The Osmond Brothers, Debarge, and many others who all fell way short. Most of those groups pretty much knew they were not in the same class, and most of the initial hoopla was created by the record companies attempting to promote the artist as the "next Jackson 5." There was never any competition.

As great an entertainer as Mike was, most will not appreciate his true genious until now, and the years to come. Mr. Jackson was undoubtedly placed on this earth to entertain, to bring joy to people.

Those who were not fans of MJ and want to say spurrious things about the King of Pop, know this .. a Spirit that leaves such a legacy of spreading joy and good will cannot be an evil one. It's impossible. Evil spirits leave tragedy, chaos, death, and confusion in their sojouorn to earth. Good spirits leave love, compassion, and joy in their wake, and as part of their legacy. You cannot positively affect one quarter to one half of the poputation of the Earth and be a bad seed. There's just no way.

We love you Mike! You've earned your rest!

Ebony Jet Remembers Michael

Jet magazine remembers Michael Jackson with a special collector's edition featuring exclusive photos and interviews.

In honor of MJ's June 25th passing, Jet is dedicating an entire issue to the King of Pop that includes exclusive photos of The Jackson Five and from the Thriller 25th anniversary celebration.

"The relationship between the Johnson and Jackson family spans decades. They'd visit our offices, and there was a very special business relationship between my father, John H. Johnson, and Michael. Our publications have covered Michael and his siblings since the launch of their phenomenal careers. When I think about the many significant topics we've covered over the years that helped shaped African-American culture, Michael Jackson certainly ranks among the most popular and memorable," said chairman and CEO Linda Johnson Rice.

Michael Jackson Memorabilia

Michael Joseph Jackson first set foot on the American pop-music stage in 1969, when, at the tender age of 11, he was the front man (or child) for the Jackson 5. A solo career followed in 1971, culminating in 1982 with the world’s best-selling record of all time, Thriller. The winner of 13 Grammy Awards, Jackson was one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.

Throughout his career, Michael Jackson collectibles gave fans a chance to connect with their hero. Buttons and pinbacks promoting albums like Thriller and Bad are some of the most affordable collectibles, with lapel pins being only a modest step up in cost...

For vinyl record hounds, Jackson records of note include the 45s of his first recording with the Jackson 5, a tune called “Big Boy,” with “You’ve Changed” on the B-side. Other 45s of note include his 1972 hit for the movie “Ben” and the 1983 collaboration with former Beatle Paul McCartney titled “Say Say Say.” Also collectible are sealed LPs of Off the Wall and Thriller.

Jackson’s image was perhaps the most prized items for loyal Jackson fans. In 1984, the sports-card company Topps produced Michael Jackson trading cards, as did O-Pee-Chee. In 1986, Disney put Jackson’s image on Captain EO watches, buttons, plush toys, and other items to celebrate the opening at Disneyland of the Francis Ford Coppola directed and George Lucas produced 3-D film of the same name—Captain EO ran at various Disney parks between 1986 until 1998.

Dolls and action figures were another big Jackson collectible category, particularly the Thriller dolls from the mid-1980s.

Signed photographs can be problematic as collectibles because they are so easy to forge, but there are plenty of them out there, including charming 8x10 black-and-whites from the King of Pop’s early days as the lead singer for the Jackson 5.

excerpt from Collectors Weekly

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Strictly for MJ Fans!

The Music of Michael Jackson: CDs, DVDs, Books and more! Exp 8/30/09

Please share your thoughts about the King of Pop. This is a "Tribute-to-Mike" so haters stay away. There are plenty other forums and blogs on the Internet that you can post your displeasure and disdain for Mike, but not here. Negative comments won't even be debated, they will simply be deleted and your IP address will be blocked from further communicating with this blog.

I am writing to other true MJ fans. Ignore the negative people because if we simply don't respond, their words lose their effectiveness.

There are 100s of 1000s of people who simply don't like MJ, and there is nothing we can say to change their minds. It's their perogative, they can say whatever they want to say, but their comments mean absolutely nothing if they are ignored. Simply don't comment on them, just act like the comments are not there. Then the MJ antagonist will be left to wonder if we are actually seeing his or her comment. They would begin to question whether their computer is working properly.

I tell my kids all the time, it takes a FOOL to argue with a FOOL, and you cannot win an argument with someone who has malice in their hearts. The people that are making pernicious statements about Mr. Jackson are perfect. They don't make any mistakes in their lives and will ascend straight to heaven when their lives are over, so who are we to argue with them. They live in Glass Houses and can throw stones but we dare not throw stones back at them. They have no character flaws so how dare we try to debate with them about MJ. Let them say what they wish to say and all of us loyal Michael fans, we'll talk amongst ourselves. That way, the perfect people, who have every right to criticize Michael, they can talk to each other and we won't get in each others way. Loyal MJ fans, we make mistakes, we have flaws, that is why we are spirits that chose to experience a human existence, to perfect our souls. The perfect people, who again, have every right to hate, to critique, to tarnish, anyone they choose, evidently, have already perfected their souls, at least they think so. Why else would they continue to take the low road? These are people that consistently go against the grain, oftentimes just to be different. Every where they go, there is chaos and confusion.

The malicious statements being made about MJ come from Grey Entities, or spirits that have a lot more work to do. Mike's spirit, by no means, is perfect, however, his spirit is extremely powerful and is much closer to the Creators than many of ours. Why? Because very few spirits can touch so many lives in a positive manner as the spirit of MJ did. This didn't happen because he could dance, or because he could sing, his monumental effect on the world occured because of the strength of his spirit, the maturity of his soul. If Mike's sojurn on this earth was an evil one; if Mike was a "Grey Entitiy", mass devastation would have been his legacy, and not love. A Grey Entity leaves devastation in its wake, not LOVE .. A Jim Jones, for example, and Idi Amin, and if history is fair, a George W. Bush, those are Grey entities and you clearly see the path of destruction left after their demise.

R.I.P. Mike, and read this blog if you want to connect to kindred spirits here on earth!

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Friday, June 26, 2009


Tribute to the King of Pop

The Music of Michael Jackson: CDs, DVDs, Books and more! Exp 8/30/09

There will never be another Michael Jackson. The greatest entertainer of all time. He was put on this earth to entertain. The smooth elegance on stage as a kid, a teenager, and an adult clearly points this out.

The past 15 or so years of this icons life were, unfortunately, not so kind. The sex abuse allegations, the plastic surgery, and the myriad reports, mostly false, that were thrown at MJ would be difficult for anyone to handle.

This is a tribute to arguably, the most beloved entertainer of all time. You may or may not agree, but if we put it to a poll, as to who has been the most popular entertainer of the last 50 years, more than likely Mike's name would be at or near the top.

I'll put it in perspective for you. I'm 49 years of age so basically, I grew up with Mike. MJ was and probably will always be my favorite entertainer. I have a 13 and 14 year old who, like most kids their age, just had a rather odd fascination with the King of Pop. I broke the news to my kids yesterday (06/25/09) and my daughter asked me, "are you crying", I replied no. I was not crying at the time but earlier, I did shed a tear or two. I tried to put it in perspective by sharing an analogy, or hypothetical situation with my son and daughter, and here's what was said ... Take your favorite, young entertainer today, let's say, one of the Jonas Brothers, Bow Wow, Usher, Miley Cirus, whomever, start them out at around 8 to 10 years of age. At 10, they are extremely successful; at 10 they are at the top of the charts. From 10 to about 40 years of age they stay at or near the top of the charts. You're about the same age, so when you have your 15th birthday, your favorite entertainer/superstar will be turning 15, or just turned 15 or 16. So you're close in age, right there together, and you watch, in awe, as this brilliant career unfolds. You pray for him when he has difficulties in his life, but you never abandon him beacuse basically, he has become a part of your family. Then, at 50 years of age, after surviving the most difficult time of his life, on the verge of what probably would have been a successful comeback (primarily because of who he is, and the fact that he was starting the tour abroad - less scrutiny) he dies!

Needless to say, and with any due respect to the entertainers out there, there is no one who fits that bill, or who would fit in that scenario. Absolutely, positively, NO ONE. After I came to this realization, I just told my kids, never mind, and went back downstairs to my office and continued my silent tribute to Michael Jackson.

The King of Pop is at Peace! Despite the challenging life he led, I feel the Creator has definitely said to him, WELL DONE .. What a tremendous way to expand the soul.