March 12, 2004

Celebrity corpses

Hey, it's not just celebrity magazines which specialise in lingering puff-pieces! Jon Friedman gives People magazine what you might call the People magazine treatment on CBS Marketwatch today, gushing over its circulation, its ad revenue, and the way it "makes every news story seem glamorous" (his emphasis).

Much more interesting, however, is People's own list of its best-selling issues, at the end of the article. In reverse order, they are: (5) Grace Kelly, dead. (4) John Lennon, dead. (3) John F Kennedy, Jr, dead. (2) Princess Diana, dead. (1) 9/11. Could it be that the best celebrity is a dead celebrity?

Posted by Felix at 08:06 PM GMT

Who's the firstl live one on the list? He only mentions the top 5? Who'd have been worst-selling cover corpse?

Posted by: Stefan Geens on March 12, 2004 08:35 PM

Vietnam vets. People's 25th anniversary cover sold horribly.

Posted by: Matthew on March 13, 2004 07:52 PM

I think, Matthew, that a veteran, by definition, is alive.

Posted by: Felix on March 14, 2004 07:29 PM

They aren't celebrities either, but who's counting?

Posted by: Matthew on March 15, 2004 12:07 AM