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If it’s in our power, we would have granted immortality to some of our favorite musicians but the sad reality remains that earth isn’t our permanent abode.
Though these stars may be dead, their broad assets and legacy still fetch them money even though they may no longer be around to spend it.
According to 2021 rankings by Forbes, these are seven famous singers who are still earning billions in naira after their deaths.
1. Bob Marley
Robert Nesta Marley A.K.A Bob Marley is a Jamaican singer and songwriter who’s known for his Reggae music. He made waves back in the 1970s before his death in 1981 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Four decades after his death, he’s still earning money and he’s appeared multiple times on Forbes ranking of highest-paid dead celebrities. He earned 16 million dollars (6.5 billion naira) as of 2021. According to reports, his last words to his son Ziggy before his death was “money can’t buy life”.
2. Elvis Aaron Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was a famous American singer and actor who made waves back in the 1960s and 70s, he was called the King of rock and roll back in his time. Sadly, he died in August 1977 due to heart disease. Four decades after his death, he’s still earning money. According to Forbes, he earned 30 million dollars (12 billion naira) as of 2021.
3. Prince Rogers Nelson
Prince Rogers Nelson was a famous American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor who died in April 2016 due to an accidental overdose of fentanyl. Five years after Prince’s death, he’s still making millions of dollars. According to Forbes, he earned 120 million dollars (49.2 billion naira) as of 2021.
4. John Lennon
John Lennon was a famous British singer and songwriter who died of gunshot wounds back in December 1980 after he was shot by a fan. It’s been four decades since he died and he’s still making money. According to Forbes, he earned 12 million dollars (4.9 billion naira) as of 2021.
5. Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby was an American singer and actor who died of heart attack back in October 1977. More than four decades have passed since his death and he’s still earning. According to Forbes, he earned 33 million dollars (13.5 billion naira) as of 2021.
6. Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross was an American record producer, singer, and songwriter who died of stroke in July 2005. 16 years have passed since his death and he’s still earning, according to Forbes, he earned 21 million dollars (8.6 billion naira) as of 2021.
7. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is a famous American singer, dancer, and songwriter whose legacy still lives in the entertainment industry. Michael Jackson was dubbed the King of Pop during his time. Sadly, he died of cardiac arrest in June 2009. It’s been 12 years since his death and he’s still earning, he broke record back in 2016 as the highest-paid dead or alive celebrity of the year after he earned 825 million dollars. As of 2021, he earned 75 million dollars (30 billion naira) according to Forbes.