(要旨)スーザン・ボイル「The Gift」、テイラー・スウィフト「Speak Now」に遅れをとったものの、マイケル・ジャクソンの「MICHAEL」はこれまで健闘している。たとえサウンドトラック「This Is It」の初週37万3000枚には届かなかったとしてもだ。そしてこれまで、マイケルの音楽的遺産は2億7500万ドル(約228億円)を稼ぎ、レディー・ガガやビヨンセ、マドンナ/Jay-Zを含む他のエンタテイナーを上回っている。そしてチャートではスウィフト、ボイル両者に遅れをとったものの、「MICHAEL」は業界関係者の大方の予想を上回る健闘を見せていると多くの人々が感じている。


さらにエステートは、映画「This Is It」、ビデオゲーム「エクスペリエンス」、自伝の再販などから6000万ドル(約50億円)を得ている。エステートはマイケルの楽曲に対する権利を保有している。この権利から、ラジオでのオンエア、アルバムセールスによりこれまで5000万ドル(約41億円)を稼いでおり、これからも稼ぎ続けるだろう。


先週はアルバムセールスで3位に終わったが、マイケルは依然として最高なのである! - 以下原文。
mjcover_1.jpg ■ 'Michael' Indicates Long-Term Earning Potential
(26-12-2010) Despite lagging behind Susan Boyle's 'The Gift' and Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now,' Michael Jackson's 'Michael' has done well even though it trails short of last year's soundtrack of 'This Is It,' which sold 373,000 on its first week. And over the past year Michael's legacy has earned some $275 million, more than any other entertainer, including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna and Jay-Z combined. And although 'Michael' comes in behind both Swift and Boyle on the charts, many feel that the new album is performing much better than many industry insiders had expected.

This bodes very well for the long-term earnings prospects as 'Michael' was the first of many planned albums scheduled to be released over the next seven years as part of the Jackson estate's deal with Sony Music. This should result in between $200 million to $250 million over the course of the contract.

The estate also received an additional $60 million advance for the film 'This Is It,' sales of the MJ video game 'Experience,' memorabilia and a re-released autobiography. The estate owns the rights to Michael's music, which took in almost another $50 million with heavy readio play and album sales over the past year and should continue to produce income.

Then add in Jackson estate's 50% interest in the Sony/ATV catalog, which contains half a million songs including titles from Elvis, Eminem, Bob Dylon, Beyonce and not to forget The Beatles. Insiders estimate that the catalog generates yet another $50 million to $100 million per year, producing a total in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion. This brings in an annual $25 million to $50 million for the estate on top of the large sums coming from Michael's own music and merchandise.

Even after coming in third place last week in album sales, Michael still rules!

Source: MJFC / Forbes