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• Puma, which is rebooting its hoops division with the signing of potential top NBA draft picks Deandre Jordan and Michael Bagley III to shoe deals, said it has named producer/musician/businessman Jay-Z as president of basketball operations. The company said it has been working with Jay-Z run Roc Nation “for quite some time.” In addition, Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier, a Puma partner for its first signature shoe in the 1970’s and long-time endorser, has signed a lifetime contract with the shoe brand.

• Panini America has signed an exclusive autograph trading card memorabilia agreement with All-American point guard Trae Young, a projected Top Ten pick in this week's 2018 NBA Draft. Young led the nation in both scoring (27.4 ppg) and assists (8.8 apg) during a his freshman season with the University of Oklahoma.

• Xyience said it would be an official sponsor and the official energy drink for the 2018 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken, a premier  occer tournament featuring top clubs and players from Europe. The ICC runs from July 20- Aug. 7 and includes 17 matches played across 14 U.S. cities. (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and SiriusXM.) Sponsors also  include Heineken, Ally, Hertz, MasterCard, Gatorade, Konami and Vivid Seats.

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Top-Selling MLB Jerseys (Jan.-May 2018)

1. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
2. Aaron Judge New York Yankees
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees
5. George Springer Houston Astros
6. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
7. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
8. Shohei Otani Los Angeles Angels
9. Carlos Corea Hoston Astros
10. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
11. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
12. Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
14. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

SOURCE: MLBShop.com

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Dec142017

Michael Jackson, Still ‘Earning’ $75M A Year, Gets ‘Landmark’ Deal With Sony

By Barry Janoff

December 14, 2017: Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2009 at the age of 50, is the highest-paid deceased celebrity of 2017, with his estate taking in a estimated $75 million, the fifth consecutive year that the “Thriller” entertainer has held that position. (Arnold Palmer was second at $40 million), according to Forbes.

Jackson’s Facebook page has more than 68 million followers, and his Twitter account has 2.2 million followers.

Recent platforms from Jackson, under the auspices of his estate, include Michael Jackson's Halloween, a new, one-hour perennial animated special; and Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D.

The iconic Thriller, which this year celebrated its 35th anniversary (released in 1982), is the best-selling album worldwide of all-time, with more than 66 million copies sold and counting, according to music industry associations. (AC/DC’s Back in Black is second with 50 million copies sold.)

All told, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson had a multitude of reasons to sign what they called a “landmark recording deal that will continue the label's 42-year relationship with Jackson.

Under the new pact, effective January 1, 2018, Sony Music will extend the term of their administration of Michael's record catalog in a long term recording agreement.  Sony will also have the opportunity to partner on additional projects that the Estate may produce during the term of the agreement.  

The new deal was unveiled by Rob Stringer, Sony Music CEO, and John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Michael Jackson was an unsurpassed genius and an iconic force in music entertainment,” said Stringer in a statement. “The music — and videos — he made as an artist as part of the Sony Music family are essential to pop culture history.

“We're proud to be part of that history, and to find new innovative ways to make Michael's music available to future generations of fans."

According to Sony and the Jackson Estate, Michael Jackson ranks in the Top 5 of all catalog artists for both audio streaming and video streaming for 2017, as well as in the Top 5 of all artists for the combined audio and video streaming for 2013–2017, alongside the likes of Chainsmokers, One Direction, Beyoncé and Sia.

Jackson's latest release, the compilation album, Scream, was his 16th Top 40 album on the Billboard charts and 30th charting album overall. The release was supported by a Michael Jackson Halloween campaign.

His previous release, 2014's Xscape, reached No. 1 in 49 countries.

According to Branca and McClain, "We couldn't ask for more creative and innovative partners than Sony and Rob Stringer.

“Michael continues to inspire generations of artists who have come after him and attract new fans who understand that his music and message are more important than ever. We look forward to continuing to preserve and develop his remarkable musical legacy with Sony."

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