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Michael Jackson kills the competition when it comes to high-earning celebrities who are no longer among the living, according to a study by Forbes.

MJ earned a staggering $160 million in the last 12 months, nearly three times more than second-place Elvis and four times more than Charles Schulz.

Madonna was named the top earner on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list after raking in $125 million, but Jackson eclipsed even that from the great beyond.

Jackson reclaims the top spot from Elizabeth Taylor, who earned an estimated $210 million the previous year through various auctions. She's fourth in 2013.

The King of Pop made the majority of his earnings from two Cirque du Soliel shows, music sales and his ownership stake in Sony's publishing catalogue.

Here were the top seven deceased earners of 2013:

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Wade Robson's recently-filed child molestation claims against the late Michael Jackson will be heard in court next June, or at least he'll argue it should be.

That's the initial step in the case. A trial date has been set to determine if the dancer will have a court hear his creditor’s claim against MJ's estate or not.

Wade Robson famously testified on behalf of Jackson in the singer’s 2005 trial, but is now saying the pop icon molested him for seven years as a kid.

The Estate is fighting 30-year-old Robson’s bid, on merit and on grounds that the deadline has long passed for creditors to file claims against the estate.

Robson, however, is claiming that he should have been served a notice of the administration of the estate when Michael Jackson died in June 2009.

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Dr. Conrad Murray somehow believes he's been vindicated by the ruling in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial, which only proves how delusional he is.

Murray is adamant that the verdict in the trial absolves him of any wrongdoing, despite the fact that he was already on trial for manslaughter and lost.

Minor detail, Conrad.

A jury sided with concert promoter AEG Live in the billion-dollar suit brought by Jackson's family, which alleged that the company was liable for his death.

The jurors concluded, after five months of testimony, that Dr. Conrad Murray seemed competent when AEG hired him as MJ's physician. That was the key.

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Michael Jackson's family is disappointed. What transpired in court Wednesday, when a jury found that AEG Live was not liable for his death, is beyond them.

"We think this was a very important case to bring for a lot of reasons," Kevin Boyle, a lawyer for Katherine Jackson, told reporters after the verdict.

"We think what we've done with this case is proved some things that are important for the Jackson family, for the concert industry and the sports industry."

"With regard to treatment by doctors," Boyle said, the family proved its point, however. "We, of course, are not happy with the result as it stands now."

"We will be exploring all options legally and factually," he added.

A jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial decided that AEG Live was not responsible for Jackson's 2009 death of acute propofol intoxication.

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Michael Jackson's family has lost its bid to hold AEG Live accountable for the singer's death 2009. A jury sided with the concert promoter on Wednesday. Why?

The jury ruled AEG Live did hire Dr. Conrad Murray, which was key for the family, but the jury then ruled Conrad Murray was NOT unfit or incompetent.

Game over.

The issue that ultimately torpedoed Katherine Jackson's case was whether Murray was competent to treat MJ when he was hired. The jury said he was.

It's an interesting finding, as Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in criminal court for going rogue and doing things that killed Jackson.

Because he was competent at the onset, however, and because AEG's responsibility for his actions as well as Jackson's is limited, the family lost.

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Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live took an interesting turn Monday when two company executives were dismissed as defendants.

AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and executive Paul Gongaware are no longer liable in the wrongful death lawsuit, in which she is claiming billions in damages.

The company as a whole is left as the sole defendant.

Katherine’s claim is that AEG was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered a lethal dose of Propofol to Michael Jackson in 2009.

Murray was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison, but a giant lawsuit against AEG followed.

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Michael Jackson, the late, great King of Pop, would have been 55 today.

The dominant entertainer of his generation, if not history, it's no surprise that his music and legacy continue to inspire passion among fans young and old.

The commemoration of MJ's birthday has, for the fifth consecutive year, sparked tributes to the icon from Gary, Ind., who passed away in June 2009.

He is remembered for dozens of hit songs that changed music forever, inspiring countless other artists and breaking every record in the business.

Michael was also known for personal eccentricities, a life constantly plagued by scandal and speculation, and for being charitable (see above).

Most of all, he would like to be remembered for raising three wonderful children. Prince, Blanket and especially Paris have felt his loss so deeply.

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The decision to hire Dr. Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson's alone, and the star kept AEG out of the loop, the imprisoned doctor says in a voicemail.

We take a break from North West picture debut coverage to update you on this ongoing saga, which took a surprising new twist thanks to Murray:

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TMZ has obtained the audio of what Murray recently told a friend, and if it were testimony in the singer's wrongful death trial, it would be a bombshell.

Because, according to Murray, Jackson felt the concert promotion company was run by a bunch of snakes ... who he tried to keep at arms length.

Doing time for involuntary manslaughter, Murray claims, matter of factly:

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A new collaboration from two music icons of different generations, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, called “Slave to the Rhythm,” has hit the Internet.

Listen to the mysterious new song from JB & MJ below:

Minds? Officially blown. So what's the deal here?

“Slave to the Rhythm” was a little-known Michael Jackson song that made its way online after his death. Michael’s vocals and lyrics remain intact here.

A heavier dance beat and Justin Bieber's contributions have been added, of course, making for a monster collaboration of unknown origin and authenticity.

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Debbie Rowe, the mother of Paris Jackson, wept while talking about her on the witness stand Thursday at the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.

"Their father is dead," Debbie Rowe lamented.

Paris and Debbie Rowe

"I almost lost my daughter! She is devastated. She tried to kill herself. She is devastated. She has no life. She doesn't feel she has a life anymore."

Paris, 15, attempted suicide in early June.

She is still being treated in a facility for her emotional problems, ones Rowe believes have left her a shell of her former self, and at a loss for everything.

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