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Dead music stars earn new fortunes

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Country music pioneer Johnny Cash, Presley’s onetime recording partner in the 1950s, died Sept. 12, 2003. His album sales in the U.S. since then are now approaching the 19 million mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. By comparison, Cash’s U.S. album sales between 1991 and his death in 2003 totaled 7 million.

“It really, truly depends on the artist and their body of work,” said Keith Caulfield. He is the Associate Director of Charts for Billboard, the record industry’s leading weekly publication since it began publishing in 1909.

 

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