Hussle, who was shot to death outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles in March, has brought in more money posthumously than any year that he was alive, Forbes notes. Additionally, the L.A. native’s music has wracked up 1.8 billion streams over the last year, making him among the top three most-streamed of anyone, living or dead. The Grammy nominated recording artist and entrepreneur owned all of his music, allowing him to truly monetize his streaming power in life and in death (his two young children are the benefactors of his estate.)
Hussle was the newest edition to Forbes list of 13 deceased celebrities in music, film and more. XXXTentacion took the No. 11 spot with his estate making $10 million over the last year. The Florida native was gunned down in 2018, and according to Forbes, he continues reign as the most streamed dead artist, despite a 27% dip from the last year.
Whitney Houston lands at No. 11 with $9.5 million, earnings of which came from the $7 million sale of half of her estate in May, and the success of Kygo’s spin on her 1999 single, “Higher Love.”
Other recording artists on the roster include, Prince at No. 9 with $12 million. The legend’s music moved over 300,000 physical copies, in addition to garnering half-a-billion streams over the last year. Bob Marley rounded out the Top 5 with $20 million. Marley’s music garnered close to a billion in streams in the U.S. alone, and the House of Marley brand, which include headphones, turntables and sneakers, continues to bring in revenue.
Michael Jackson topped the list for the seventh year in a row. The King of Pop raked in $60 million, thanks in part to reported 2.1 billion in U.S streams, a successful Las Vegas, a longterm multi-million dollar deal with Sony, and proceeds from his Mijac Music catalog.