Michael Jackson dubbed the “King of Pop” is reportedly earning more from the grave than he did when he was alive.
The late American singer and entertainer died in 2009 at the age of 50, following an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol.
August 29, 2018, would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, but court papers have revealed his estate netted $74million in a year and his gross earnings since his death are thought to exceed $900 million, according to The Mirror.
The 73-page document filed at a Los Angeles court by executors, including close friends John Branca and John McClain, showed publishing rights from hits like Thriller delivered $2,448,584.99. But his merchandising arm Triumph International brought in the most – $18.8million in the same period.
Spending included $10.8million on a house for the children and $85,297.65 for a top-of-the-range Cadillac Escalade for their security team. Budding film director Prince was given a $70,000 truck and a Chevron fuel card on which he spent $9,000.
The children enjoyed five holidays, including to Hawaii, for which they got $28,500 in spending money alone.
It was also revealed that Jackson’s mother Katherine, 88, collected around $1million to cover health bills, allowance and expenses, and $257,379 to run her own home. When she temporarily handed over their guardianship to Michael’s cousin TJ, he got $5,790 every two weeks.
Hayvenhurst, where Michael lived before he bought Neverland, cost $157,000, including $60,000 on rebuilding the main house and installing an alarm.
The court papers state the executors have “disposed of most of the creditors’ claims”, but some debts still remain.
According to the report, the accounts are so complex that the figures are only for the year of 2015 following the claims that Jackson’s estate owes $500million in back taxes.
The estate is trying to negotiate a deal on his bills for the last decade and “true value” of his estate as it’s understood the gross earnings since Michael’s death have exceeded $900million.
This means his children Paris, 20, Prince, 21, and Blanket, 16, are living their lives in luxury which they were denied in the last three years of his life.
Before Michael Jackson died in 2009, the Pop king said they were like “vagabonds” because he had debts of $500 million.
‘Stop Telling People I Killed My Mother’ – Stonebwoy To Shatta Wale
It appears the dust may never settle on the fracas between Stonebwoy and arch-rival Shatta Wale.
Shatta Wale in an interview on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM had expressed his desire to establish a cordial relationship with his label mate but added that the latter was hesitant.
Stonebwoy in his response on Yaad Settings on Hitz FM with King Lagazee angrily lambasted Shatta Wale and questioned his sincerity.
“You go and say I killed my mother and come back and text me that you want peace, you want to make music?” he blurted.
“After he dissed my mother and [you] come around and say you want friendship?”
The ‘Baafira’ singer stressed that he can tolerate anything from Shatta Wale but not an insult to his departed mother.
Clearly, Stonebwoy indicated that he was not ready to bury the hatchet.
While the boss of Burniton Music was on tour in July, a Twitter user believed to be a fan of Shatta Wale accused Stonebwoy of murdering his mother.
The BET award-winner lost his temper, angrily replied his accuser and dared the user to confront him with that claim.
Stonebwoy in his interview on Hitz FM on Sunday suggested that Shatta Wale was the mastermind behind the allegation that he killed his mum.
He also warned Shatta Wale to desist from discrediting other artistes while pretending to preach peace.
I’m A Proud Feminist – Actress Genevieve Nnaji Declares
Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji has openly declared she’s a proud feminist who embraces her femininity.
The actress made this known in an interview with Women and Hollywood Magazine, a media organisation that educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity in Hollywood and the global film industry.
She said: ‘I’m a proud feminist who embraces her femininity. I feel sometimes women are made to feel self-conscious and ashamed of their womanhood. Perhaps like “Wonder Woman,” we may wake up one day to discover that it is our superpower, and then we would be unstoppable.”
When asked to name her favorite woman-directed film and why. Genevieve Nnaji said;
“Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.” It was powerful and strong, and at the same time, feminine and sexy.
Speaking on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, she said: “How quickly the oppressed have risen to the top, and yet the train has not stopped. If anything, they continue to create amazing content.”
History has shown that in almost every situation where a group of people or a demographic is being oppressed, it’s usually because the oppressors are threatened by the potential of the oppressed to be great. I’m happy women all over the world are discovering their superpower and turning “why me?” into “not me.”
‘Mile 22’ Official 2018 Movie Trailer
STX Films has release the final trailer trailer for Mile 22, the upcoming thriller from Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon filmmaker Peter Berg. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as an operative from the CIA’s most highly prized unit, who is tasked with retrieving and transporting a valuable intelligence asset (Iko Uwais) the actor of action hit movie The Raid, through 22 life-threatening miles of dangerous territory.
After diving into emotional and political thrillers with Lone Survivor and Patriot’s Day, Berg is making his first return to straight-up action since 2012’s Battleship. I have no doubt this film’s still going to have a political and jingoistic bent — it’s the Berg way — but damn if this trailer doesn’t look like a whole heap of action-packed fun. Plus, when you’ve got Uwais in your film, you’ve immediately got my attention.
Check out the Mile 22 trailer above. Scripted by Graham Roland and Lea Carpenter, the film also stars Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, and John Malkovich. Mile 22 opens in theaters on August 17th.
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