Michael Jackson: Updates on the anniversary of his death
It's been 365 days since Michael Jackson left us.
The King of Pop, who died of cardiac arrest brought on by the misuse of the anesthetic propofol, was ready to embark on a 50-show concert run at London's 02 Arena. It was sure to generate a few headlines.
In death, news from the Jackson world keeps a steady pace, too. Here are some of the latest developments:
Jackson's estate has earned almost $1 billion since he died, according to Billboard.com estimates. His catalog earned about $383 million and $34 million in digital sales since he died. And "This Is It," the posthumous Jackson documentary, earned $260 in worldwide box office sales, $43 million in U.S. DVD sales and $25 million in rental revenue.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that he didn't have the authority to suspend the license of Dr. Conrad Murray, who faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in Jackson's death. Murray pleaded not guilty. The start of the preliminary hearing for Murray is set for Aug. 23.
Earlier this week, Jackson's mother, Katherine, told Britain's Mail newspaper that Prince, Paris and Blanket would attend school for the first time in September. Jackson's kids have had private lessons up to now. Jackie Jackson, an uncle, told The Associated Press the children are "very excited about going on vacation." Disney World and the Smithsonian museums are on the agenda.
There are many Jackson projects that may or may not see the light of day (such as his Lenny Kravitz duet, "Another Day"). At least one MJ-related deal has been greenlighted. Ubisoft announced an as-yet-untitled video game due at the end of the year based on Jackson's music and dance moves.
Father Joe Jackson continues to battle with his late son's estate, seeking more than $15,000 a month. He and his other children were omitted from MJ's will.