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Celine Dion

Bigger Than Michael

So Claims AEG

7/25/2013 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's Billie Jean vs. Titanic, and AEG claims the ship wins hands down.  Translation -- AEG is trying to convince the Michael Jackson jury that Celine Dion is bigger than MJ.

AEG exec John Meglin is on the stand in the wrongful death case, scoffing at the Jackson family's claim that Michael would have earned $1.5 billion had he lived.

Meglin told the jury it's his opinion Celine is a bigger star and therefore more bankable than MJ ever would have been.  Yet according to reports, Celine is worth a measly $400 mil. 

Fun facts:  Jackson ranks #3 in most albums sold worldwide -- more than a billion (behind the Beatles and Elvis) . Celine ranks #9 at 200 million albums.

As for Grammys, MJ also has her beat with 13 Grammys to her 5.

So we gotta ask ...

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Max Smart    

MJ is obviously more famous but there's no way he was going to earn another 1.5 bill had he lived. Not to mention Celine would have showed up on time and come through on her professional commitments. Celine could easily have had a higher per-concert profit margin for AEC when you consider all the overheads with the MJ concerts. I'm pretty sure, for a start, Celine wouldn't have insisted on them paying a massive per month salary to her private doctor.Actually, her newer albums probably sold more than MJ's too. His last couple of albums were spectacularly unsuccessful. People forget that.

369 days ago
17.

dee    

Celine is very talented, but there is no body yet to be as multi-talented as Michael, and I doubt there will be in my lifetime.

369 days ago
18.

Senseofreality    

stupid arguments like this will hurt AEG before they help AEG

369 days ago
19.

foryall    

Hey dumb azz.....we're all addicted to something...LOL

369 days ago
20.

Hannah231    

Michael has the most crazy fanbase, broke the most records, has the bestselling album of all time and is in the Guinness book of world records as the most successful entertainer of all time. He is iconic, Celine is a singer...

369 days ago
21.

Virtual Insanity    

Bigger- no. More alive? Arguably.

369 days ago
22.

Nobrows    

If you look at the payouts that they had to make to cover up MJ's actions, I don't think there is any contest. When was the last time you heard CD had molested a child or any other odd thing that went on with MJ? Just pay her salary, she sings, everybody goes home happy.

369 days ago
23.

Jackie    

LOL I love how people try to erase history and make it seem like Michael Jackson wasn't as HUGE as he was. Celine is very talented and very successful, BUT she and everyone else in the industry don't even come close to what Michael Jackson was/still is. Michael was/is famous world wide even in parts of Africa where they live in grass/mud huts. Whether you like it or not MJ was/is the most famous person on the planet. NICE TRY

369 days ago
24.

mj fan forever    

OF COURSE Michael Jackson is bigger than Celine Dion and everyone else!!! AEG is just desperate and is trying to avoid to pay out in every way. They are really grasping at straws PATHETICS....!!! Michael Jackson never failed to make huge money and they were and are perfectly aware of it. They wanted to do business with the Estate of Michael Jackson about Michael Jackson ONE show since they DO know Michael Jackson, the GENIUS who amazed the world, is and will forever be the GREATEST OF ALL and was and is PRICELESS. Celine Dion is a singer like everyone else as the whole world does know. It's BEYOND absurd and ridiculous they even have the nerve to do such comparisons. Just disgusting people willing to do AND say anything for money.

369 days ago
25.

Dose Of Reality    

I don't like Celine Dion but she is/was/will be bigger for AEG, it's a simple fact.


Reason? She actually performs.


She also probably doesn't have the same costly demands as MJ and costs far less to insure because she is less of a risk.

369 days ago
26.

worldclass    

If that's their defense they're screwed. LOL

369 days ago
27.

Kay Kaybear    

No freaking way is she bigger or will she ever be bigger than Michael Jackson. She could put out 20 more albums and she still won't reach the status he had.

369 days ago
28.

Jordan    

I do not know why AEG pulled the Celine card the Jackson did not come close to proving AEG had anything to do with Hiring Conrad Murray or Responsible for Michael Death. Keep up the game plan of bringing Doctor after Doctor that gave Michael the Drugs and this case is over with.

369 days ago
29.

Joey    

We don't buy cds from either artist, but here's the thing: Celine is healthy, full of energy and good vibes and puts on fantastic show, and looks like she has many, many more years left in her. MJ had been a drugged out mess for years and could hardly perform at his rehearsals. He was a shell of his former self. I have to agree with AEG on this one.

369 days ago
30.

King of TMZ    

Take:
- Celine Dion
- Mariah Carey
- Beyonce
- JLO
- Britney Spears
- Whitney Houston
- Janet Jackson
- Christina Aguilera
- Shakira
- Madonna
- Lady Gaga
...

Add them all up, stir very well and they are still not equal to the one and only MJ. The only living artist remotely comparable to MJ when it comes to tours is U2. They are still far behind when it come to how legendary and influential he is.

Checkmate AEG find another retarded argument for us to debunk.

369 days ago
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