Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Top-Earning Dead Musicians

According to Forbes website the Top -Earning Dead Musicians are as follows:-

Last week, FORBES launched its annual Halloween-spooky special package on the top-earning dead celebrities. Atop the list was MichaelJackson, who earned $170 million last year–more than any other departed star, and more than any living musical act besides U2.
The late King of Pop wasn’t the only musician on the list. Among the top 13 postmortem money-makers, five were musicians. All of them saw strong earnings from a combination of recorded music, publishing, image and likeness rights, and a slew of other revenue streams opened up by savvy executors. And what better day than October 31st to take a deeper look at their finances.
Michael Jackson is the best example of how a star can continue to shine from beyond the grave, both musically and financially. His estate made a flurry of deals in the wake of his death, including a seven-year music deal with Sony worth as much as $250 million. Another $60 million rolled in for the rights to This Is It, which subsequently became the highest-grossing concert film and documentary of all time.
More recently, DVD sales and publishing royalties from Jackson’s stake in the Sony/ATV publishing catalog and his own Mijac Music have added double-digit millions to his annual take. Next up: A Cirque du Soleil show, “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.”
Michael Jackson may be the King of Pop and of postmortem earnings, but Elvis will always be the King of Rock and Roll. That’s not a bad line of afterlife work, either—Presley racked up $55 million last year, the bulk of which came from Graceland admissions, licensing and merchandising, and a Cirque du Soleil show of his own. CKx, the company that bought the bulk of the Presley estate from daughter Lisa Marie, was acquired by billionaire Leon Black’s Apollo Global Management in June.
Third on the list is John Lennon, who pulled in $12 million. The former Beatle was killed in New York City over 30 years ago, but his estate continues to collect cash. Buoyed by long-awaited inclusion in the iTunes Store, the Beatles sold 1.6 million albums in 2010, tenth-best of any musical act dead or alive. In addition to those royalties, Lennon earns from the group’s Cirque du Soleil show and from licensing deals with the likes of Cisco and Mont Blanc.
Jimi Hendrix ranks fourth with $7 million. The original guitar hero endures with his song Foxy Lady currently running in an HP campaign and a wave of new releases in the works.
This year, the Hendrix estate partnered with Amazon to release an exclusive fifth disc to go along with his four-disc Winterland boxed set. In addition, two more live DVDs were added to the mix, supplementing income from sales of Hendrix’s music.
Rounding out the top five is George Harrison, with $6 million. The youngest Beatle continues to earn from the beloved group’s immortal popularity. Like bandmate John Lennon, his earnings enjoyed a boost from the 1.6 million albums the group sold in 2010, as well as the Cirque du Soleil show and licensing deals.
To compile our list, we spoke to agents, lawyers and other sources to estimate each star’s gross earnings (before taxes, administrative fees and other costs) from October 2010 to October 2011. Two departed stars who didn’t quite make the top five: Amy Winehouse and Tupac Shakur.Alhough Harrison did pen hits like “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something,” his songwriting catalog is somewhat smaller than Lennon’s, as is the demand for image and likeness rights, hence the lower earnings.
A regular on this list in the ten years following his untimely departure, Shakur has sold over 75 million-records worldwide, the bulk of that coming after his death. Seven of his 11 platinum albums were released posthumously, but there hasn’t been another since 2006. He still made an estimated $4 million over the past year thanks to music sales and licensing.
As for Winehouse, her opus Back To Black sold 175,000 units in the month after her death, but it wasn’t quite enough to boost her earnings to the $6 million mark required to make this list. The beehived diva may yet make the list, though–her estate has just announced that her third album, Lionness: Hidden Treasures, will be released on December 5th.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Phorein Performs June 2 In Connecticut; Gets Airplay on Jamaican Radio

595 East Washington Avenue home of White Eagle Social Club, is the place to be if you are living in or visiting Connecticut USA June 2nd, 2012.  Reggae recording artiste Phorein will be performing there at the 'We A Survivor' sponsored event.  Phorein will appear as Special Guest to entertain party goers complimented by the selections of Atomic Sound, Small Axe, Ista Movements and Love Symphony.  Promoters Rokus and Green Power Movement expects a fullhouse for the night.  Here is a chance to see Phorein perform live.  If you are in Connecticut or have plans to be there during the week of June 2nd, then this is your chance. 

Meanwhile, Phorein's current single entitled, Dreaming of Better Days enjoys rotation on Jamaican radios.  An important step taken by the artiste for further development of his music career.  A video for Dreaming of Better Days is expected to hit cable stations best known across the Caribbean, United States and Europe for showcasing Reggae music during the week of May 14th, 2012.

33rd Blues Music Award Winners

The 33rd Blues Music Awards are in the books after a wonderful evening of community, awards and music. The big winners are Tab Benoit and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. Tab took home both three awards and Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks combined for five awards. Tab took top honors in Contemporary Male Artist and Album and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. The Tedeschi Trucks Band took Band and Album of the Year Awards, while Susan is the top Contemporary Female Artist and Derek is the Gibson Guitarist of the Year winner. Both Ruthie Foster and Charlie Musselwhite garnered two Blue Music Awards.

The complete list of 2012 Blues Music Award winners by category are:

Acoustic Album: Conversations in Blue - David Maxwell & Otis Spann

Acoustic Artist: Eric Bibb 

Album: Revelator - Tedeschi Trucks Band 

B.B. King Entertainer: Tab Benoit 

Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best New Artist Debut: Runaway - Samantha Fish 

Contemporary Blues Album: Medicine - Tab Benoit

Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Tab Benoit

DVD: Live at Antone's - Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn)

Gibson Guitar Award: Derek Trucks

Historical Album: Chess Records - Smokestack Lightning/The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 (Howlin' Wolf)

Instrumentalist-Bass: Biscuit Miller

Instrumentalist-Drums: Chris Layton

Instrumentalist-Harmonica:  Charlie Musselwhite 

Instrumentalist-Horn: Terry Hanck

Instrumentalist-Other: Sonny Rhodes
, lap steel guitar

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female): Ruthie Foster

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album: Dust Bowl - Joe Bonamassa

Song: "The Lord is Waiting, the Devil is Too" - Johnny Sansone

Soul Blues Album: Show You a Good Time Bobby Rush

Soul Blues Female Artist: Denise LaSalle

Soul Blues Male Artist: Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Album: Chicago Blues A Living History the (R)evolution Continues - Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson

Traditional Blues Male Artist: Charlie Musselwhite