- Aug 20, 2012
There are two main differences between Michael Jackson Estate and Prince Estate:
The first main difference is that the Prince Estate listens to fans' requests when it comes to new releases.
Prince Estate has even an on line section on their website dedicated solely to their fans' requests.
There are actually songs that Prince fans requested and these songs later got a release by the Estate.
On the other hand, John Branca clearly implied that the Michael Jackson Estate does not listen to fans' requests (like, when he forbade fans to send him e-mails for requests about new releases).
The second main difference is that right after Prince's death, courts ruled that the Prince Estate had to monetize itself because it needed funds necessary for the administration of the Estate and for the payment of the Estate taxes.
For this reason, Prince Estate immediately hired entertainment industry experts and began generating income (Paisley Park was turned into a tourist museum and people paid money for visiting it, new posthumous albums began to get a release on a frequent basis, etc).
Your first sentence summed this whole discussion up: There are two main differences between the Michael Jackson Estate and the Prince Estate.
The KEY word is : DIFFERENT. I don’t compare Michael’s Estate to any OTHER artist’s Estate, why should I compare to Prince’s Estate? It’s silly, it’s illogical because they are two DIFFERENT people. Both estates want to make money. The MJ Estate does things differently from Prince Estate and that’s good. SOME Michael fans are always complaining and whining about something, even when the Estate was releasing things. SOME fans even sabotage projects the Estate releases.. I guess these people don’t realize that anything that the Estate does has Michael’s name on it, and it reflects on MICHAEL and not the Estate when it doesn’t do well. You would think that these fans realize that; but, they don’t or don’t care about Michael. The Estate is damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
The Xscape project was wonderful, yet you had whiners complaining about it and sabotaging Sales. The bottomline is if YOU don’t want to purchase a project, then DON’T. Stop trying to mess it up for Michael and his other fans who WANT to support him and it.
Finally, stop coming to a Michael Jackson Forum COMPARING the MJ Estate to the Prince Estate. THEY( Prince fans)
would never allow this on their forum. WHY is this allowed on an MJ forum. If we aren’t comparing Elvis, David Bowie, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, George Michael, Whitney Houston’s Estates to Michael’s Estate, then we damn well don’t need to compare it to Prince’s. I’m sick of it. Rant Over.