5 Years After The King of Pop's Death: Michael Jackson's Legacy By-The-Numbers
By SOPHIE SCHILLACI
June 25, 2014
It's been five years since the world of pop music lost its king. While Michael Jackson died on the verge of bankruptcy in 2009, some might argue that today he's more popular than ever.
At his lowest point, Jackson's debts totaled some $500 million, forcing him to plan the ill-fated "This Is It" comeback concerts. It was during rehearsals for said shows that Jackson was being treated for insomnia by Dr. Conrad Murray and ultimately given a fatal dose of the clinical anesthetic propofol.
In the five years that followed, the Michael Jackson estate has brought in between $600 and $700 million dollars – more than any other posthumous artist.
As we remember the legend, whose current single "Love Never Felt So Good" was certified Gold by the RIAA this week, Entertainment Tonight takes a look at Jackson's legacy by-the-numbers.
2.4 million copies of his second posthumous album, Xcape, sold worldwide
$200 million in worldwide grosses for the 2009 concert doc This Is It
$200 million+ in a reported record contract which would see seven posthumous albums released over the course of 10 years
$8 million in annual allowance to Jackson's three children
$2 billion: The current value of Prince, Paris and Blanket's half of Jackson's estate, which they will inherit at 40 years old
17, 16 & 12: The current ages of Prince, Paris and Blanket, respectively.
$1 million in annual payment to Katherine Jackson for watching over the children
1.42 million Twitter followers on Michael Jackson's official account
$91 million paid in taxes and licenses, with $45 million going to the federal government
15 years: The hiatus taken by Jackson’s nephews and musical heirs, 3T. The group, comprised of Taj, TJ and Taryll Jackson, sons of Tito Jackson, announced on Tuesday that they are preparing a European tour and new album.
In Los Angeles, fans will gather at Jackson's Hollywood Walk of Fame star on June 25 at 10 p.m. to remember the superstar with songs, candles and flags from around the world.