NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jackson made more money last year than most of us will see in a lifetime. Jackson tops Forbes magazine’s list of the top-earning dead celebrities. Jackson’s estate earned $115 million in the past year, mostly through his music catalog, his Las Vegas show and his half of the Sony/ATV publishing empire. Elvis Presley is second, pulling in $55 million last year. “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz is third, followed by Bob Marley and Elizabeth Taylor.
Archives for October 2015
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage’s development league pro hockey team could have some star power sitting in the stands. The Anchorage Aces have signed Liam Stewart, son of Rod Stewart and supermodel Rachel Hunter. Liam Stewart says he didn’t want to be that kid who lazes around the house and stays in his parents’ shadow. He spent four years playing junior hockey in Spokane, Washington, and was proud to be known simply as “Stewie.” He says being known as just one of the guys was “awesome.”
LONDON (AP) — Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, are selling their modern art. Christie’s auction house in London will sell their collection that includes works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte and Gustav Klimt. The top lot is a painting by British artist Ben Nicholson called “March 55 (Amethyst).” It’s expected to sell for between $460,000 and $765,000. The couple also plan to sell their Steinway piano. The auction is set for February 24.
NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel will sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the World Series. A spokesman for Joel confirms the news to Newsday. Game 3 between the Mets and the Royals will be Friday in New York.
NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Collins is un-retiring. Collins tells Rolling Stone he is no longer officially retired and, in his words, “The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go.” Collins dropped out of the spotlight to spend time with his family. His marriage broke up and his ex-wife moved to Miami with their two boys. Collins later moved into Jennifer Lopez’s old house in Miami. He wants to make an album and tour, although he’s not sure which will come first. He’s got a way to go before then, because he’s recovering from back surgery. The good news is that Collins says the surgery should resolve his previous nerve problems that kept him from playing drums.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder, Usher, Lenny Kravitz and Demi Lovato are brushing up on their Lionel Richie lyrics. They will be part of the tribute concert when Richie is honored by the Recording Academy as its MusiCares Person of the Year. John Legend, The Roots and Zac Brown Band will also play, along with Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. The event will be in Los Angeles on February 13, two days before the Grammys.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — What would the “Beach Boys Party!” album sound like without the party? Capitol Records is re-issuing the album with the party overdubs removed. The Beach Boys recorded the album in 1965 by just jamming unplugged on their favorite songs, including the breakout hit, “Barbara Ann.” They returned to the studio with families and friends to record party noises and chatter to mix over the songs. The 50th anniversary reissue will remove the party overdubs and adds 69 dialogue tracks and more songs, including “Satisfaction,” ”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and “Ticket To Ride.” ”Beach Boys Party! Uncovered and Unplugged,” comes out November 20.
UNDATED (AP) — The family of Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells plans to hold a private memorial for him. Wells died last week but the cause of death was not revealed. The family has designated two cancer charities and a humane society for those who want to contribute in Wells’ memory. Details are on Three Dog Night’s Facebook page. Three Dog Night have not said how they will handle their tour dates beginning in November.
NEW YORK (AP) — Adele will be the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on November 21. Her “25” album comes out the day before. Matthew McConaughey will be the host of “SNL” that night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Grammer will take on one of the hardest songs to sing on one of the biggest stages possible. He will sing the national anthem for Game 1 of the World Series tonight between the Royals and the Mets. The game airs live on Fox. Grammer will re-release his 2014 album “Magazines or Novels” on November 20 with four new songs.