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Elvis tops dead celebrity list; Cobain doesn’t make the cut

Kurt Cobain doesn’t even show up on this year’s Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities despite being number one last year thanks to Courtney Love selling part of his catalog for a reported $50 million. Instead, he’s been dethroned by the King, who returns to the top spot.

Forbes reports that Presley’s estate last year generated a total income of $49 million as a result of a massive overhaul of Graceland. Meanwhile, Cobain’s estate didn’t earn enough for him to stay listed despite the fact that the catalog sale opened the door for future ad dollars. As for other legendary musicians on the list, John Lennon jumped from number four to number two. Here’s a prediction: Expect Lennon’s position (as well as that of George Harrison, who’s now number four) to jump next year if/when iTunes releases the Beatles catalog.

Here’s the top ten:
1. Elvis Presley
2. John Lennon
3. Charles M. Schulz
4. George Harrison
5. Albert Einstein
6. Andy Warhol
7. Dr. Seuss
8. Tupac Shakur
9. Marilyn Monroe
10. Steve McQueen