- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Who’s the top-earning dead celebrity?

Not Elvis Presley. Not John Lennon.

According to the increasingly must-readable Forbes magazine, it’s Kurt Cobain!

(The title of this post, by the way, is a nod to Chuck Klosterman’s hilariously searching semi-memoir, which tracks the author’s megatour of various rock-star death sites.)

Anyway, so how did Cobain vault to the top?

He has his widow to thank.

Forbes’ Lacey Rose explains: “While his music continues to sell, his debut atop the list is largely due to his widow, Courtney Love, who sold a 25% stake in his song catalog to publishing company Primary Wave for a reported $50 million. Thanks to this deal, audiences will be hearing much more of the angst-ridden rocker as his library graces the big and small screens. And, in a turn the rock star likely never imagined in his lifetime, his music may one day be used in advertising campaigns.”

Grunge sells, baby.

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