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Grunge Pays. Who Knew?

This Magazine Staff

So Forbes just released it’s annual list of the top earning dead celebrities (surely you’ve been craving such a list for a while now). The top spot went to Kurt Cobain. Fifty million dollars. Wow. He’ll surely be on the list again next year since his sober (ahem, cough, cough) widow sold 1/4 of the Nirvana song catalogue to Primary Wave, a company that will place the band’s songs in television shows and commercials. Could be a bit of a challenge for a song like “Rape Me,” but I have faith that if anyone can find a way to make it happen Primary Wave can. For those worried the band will be selling out (something they were always so scared they were doing), the company’s CEO is quoted as saying,
“You will never see Kurt Cobain’s music in a fast-food hamburger advertisement — that won’t ever happen. We’re looking at things that relate to cutting-edge technologies, products that are green and eco-friendly, products that Kurt would have liked to have his music represented by.”
Right. Coming soon to an episode of The Gilmore Girls, “Smells like Teen Spirit.” It’s the perfect background music for those touching mother and daughter moments.
Here’s the list
1. Kurt Cobain ($50M)
2. Elvis Presley ($42M)
3. Charles M. Schulz ($35M)
4. John Lennon ($24M)
5. Albert Einstein ($20M)
6. Andy Warhol ($19M)
7. Dr. Seuss ($10M)
8. Ray Charles ($10M)
9. Marilyn Monroe ($8M)
10. Johnny Cash ($8M)
11. J.R.R Tolkien ($7M)
12. George Harrison ($7M)
13. Bob Marley ($7M)

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