There will be no comeback tour, obviously, for the late Michael Jackson, but that's no reason to stop production on the 300-some tchotchkes that the King of Pop envisioned to go along with the now scuttled "This is It" concerts in London.At least that's the sentiment from Universal Music Group's merchandising arm, Bravado, and concert promoter AEG, who will begin rolling out the product as soon as this week, according to the L.A. Times. The licensing business has turned a corner in recent years, expanding far beyond T-shirts and trinkets, and apparently Jackson had a firm grasp of that fact. He'd designed some of the massive product line himself, the Times reports, coming up with rhinestone dog tags, fashion-forward handbags, varsity jackets and belt buckles. Of course, since we're talking about Jackson here, no product line would be complete without it’s, shall we say, eccentricities. There are jigsaw puzzles, games for kids and a sleep mask. If those aren't fodder for a new round of tasteless jokes, I don't know what is. With the explosion in sales of all things MJ, it figures that those involved will be rushing these items into Target, Hot Topic, Spencer's and JCPenney. How long before the DVD of his memorial gets packaged and sold? Bets, anyone?
—Posted by T. L. Stanley