Michael Jackson has been named the highest-earning dead celebrity in 2019 for the seventh year in a row.
The late pop star – who died in 2009 aged 50 following an overdose of the anesthetic propofol – topped Forbes’ 2019 list.
The news comes despite the controversy that followed the release of Leaving Neverland earlier this year. The Dan Reed-directed documentary focuses on testimony by Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, who both claim that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
According to Forbes, Jackson’s streaming numbers “surged” despite the scandal, to “2.1 billion US spins, up from 1.8 billion a year ago.”
“With proceeds flowing from his Mijac Music catalog, a Las Vegas show and a long-term deal with Sony, he retains his post mortem cash crown for the seventh consecutive year,” Forbes reports.
Elvis Presley came in at second in the list, which measures pretax income from October 1, 2018, to October 1, 2019.