A quarter-century after his death, Elvis Presley continues raking in the big bucks.
A quarter-century after his death, Elvis Presley continues raking in the big bucks. For the second year in a row, Presley, leads the list of the top-earning dead celebrities, according to Forbes magazine. Sales of all things Elvis totaled $37 million from June 2001 through June 2002, $4 million of which came from a British dance remix of his 1968 song "A Little Less Conversation."
No. 2 on the list, released yesterday (Aug. 11), is "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz, with $28 million in earnings. John Lennon and racecar driver Dale Earnhardt, who's new to the list this year, each made $20 million.
Also new on the list are former Beatle George Harrison with $17 million in earnings, rapper Tupac Shakur with $7 million, and author Robert Ludlum with $5 million. The full list can be found on the Forbes Web site.
Forbes reporters determined the top dead earners by looking at estates, interviewing lawyers and surviving family members, and calculating pretax earnings to the estates from licensing agreements and book and record sales.
As previously reported, earlier this summer "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley vs. JXL topped the U.K. singles chart for four weeks. The dance remix features a substantial portion of Presley's original track of the same name set to a new beat by Junkie XL, and is fully authorized by the Presley estate. Released by RCA in the U.S., the track peaked at No. 50 on Billboard's Hot 100, marking the King's 152nd appearance on the chart.
This week Presley fans have descended upon the artist's Graceland mansion in Memphis for a host of events marking the 25th anniversary of his death, which will be celebrated on Friday (Aug. 16).
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