Michael Jackson died ten years ago. His country administrator now reveals what happened to the pop star's fortune.  Ten years ago, entertainment lawyer John Branca and singer Michael Jackson revived their partnership, which once had catapulted prosperity and celebrity to new heights. Jackson was dead eight days later, but his role in Branca's life only grew.
Branca has also represented other top stars, but he believed Jackson was the greatest entertainer in history. He guided the singer through some of the most important episodes of his career, including the "Thriller" video of the King of Pop, his "bad" tour and the purchase of the Beatles song catalog. "Michael and I were pretty much the team in the 80s," Branca said in an AP interview in Los Angeles. The lawyer is now one of the two administrators of Jackson's estate.
After seven years of scarce contact, Jackson Branca returned on June 17, 2009. At that time, the 50-year-old entertainer performed for his scheduled recurring tour "This Is It". Branca went to Mexico on vacation, and there he received the news of Jackson's death on June 25. From that moment on, "Hell released," Branca says. He hurried back to the US and had his staff in a vault looking for a will he had created in 2002 with Jackson. In it, Branca, along with music director John McClain, was appointed manager of the estate. The heirs to the whole wealth were the singer's mother, whose children and charity purposes.
"He earned more than any living entertainer"
To Branca's surprise and grief for the rest of the Jackson family, this will was the last thing the singer had put on. "It was happy and it was scary," Branca says. "I welcomed it, it was in some way a reunion. I knew I could help and I knew John could help."
Jackson left nearly $ 500 million in debt and a damaged reputation despite his child's acquittal sexual abuse in 2005. At the end of 2016, the farm had received more than $ 1.3 billion, according to the latest court documents. "The farm managed incredibly well, the numbers speak for themselves," said Zack O & # 39; Malley Greenburg from Forbes magazine, who reported extensively in the yard. "He has earned more since his death than virtually every living entertainer."
The real estate administrators managed to do so through, among others, Jackson's share of the song catalogs Beatles and other musicians sold for a big win, renegotiated a giant recording contract with Sony, released three posthumous albums and developed some successful shows with Cirque du Soleil . The task was not easy, but Jackson had left them a gold mine. "This is the world's most beloved pop star in history. As good as we can be as managers, we couldn't have done that for Tommy James and Shondells," Branca laughs.
And Branca was able to build on his previous work for Jackson. He didn't come "as a cleaner," says Kenneth Abdo, a lawyer working for Prince Prince and other artists, but has nothing to do with Jackson. Branca "was an architect of these business, which would be the subject of his property."
Obviously, trials were also initiated against the freight administration, which had to handle courts. There have been several paternity traits, and one man claimed to have written every song on the albums "Thriller" and "Bad", Branca reminds. He and McClain had two main goals: to resolve Jackson's debt and restore his identity as a musician. "We had to show the real Michael, the true artist, not the sensation of the tabloid."
They used the video of the rehearsals for Jackson's planned tour. "You saw the true Michael, the great entertainer who masters his art, leading the whole band, not just a guy who shows up." The result was the movie "This Is It", which amounted to $ 261.2 million worldwide, becoming the highest-income music documentary and documentary ever – Jackson was back on top.
There were also some minor malformations. Fans doubted three tracks of the first posthumously released album that Jackson had sung on himself. Branca claims that it was actually Jackson, but that there should have been no doubt that led to average tracks. "We acted diligently – we talked to music experts, voice experts, we talked to the one who claimed they were singing – they said
But things would get worse: In January, Branca and his team got caught by "Leaving Neverland", a documentary produced by British Channel 4 and American television broadcaster HBO, just a few weeks later, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where two men spent a lot of time as a child with Jackson, explaining in their lifetime that he had not beaten her. The singer has repeatedly sexually abused them as a child.
Both men had already filed lawsuits in 2013 that were dismissed and brought an appeal and the procedure is for The real estate administration immediately responded with reference to the documentation as a redistribution of proven false claims by men who are after the money. The property administration brought an action against HBO. "If someone doesn't say the truth, the immediate reaction is to fight back," Branca says.
The documentary boycottes Jackson's music on a handful of radio stations, but had no widespread negative impact on popularity worldwide. The effect had been temporary, "as one of the tropical storms," Branca says. "He's over. Michael Jackson is alive and well, and he lives all over the world."
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