Look no further than Michael Jackson for proof that the estate of a superstar can continue to earn money for years after the star dies. The same is true for Whitney Houston, but insiders warn that leaving a family member in charge could be a bad idea.
"If Michael's estate had left control to a family member, it would have been a disaster. These matters need to be handled by trained professionals and lawyers, not someone that married your brother," a music manager tells me, referring to Whitney's sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston.
This weekend at the Billboard Music Awards, it was Pat Houston who took the stage next to the late singer's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, to accept a Millennium Award on the star's behalf. Pat is also the driving force behind and star of Lifetime's forthcoming reality show "Houston Family Chronicles."
"After years of being in the shadows, this seems to be Pat's moment in the spotlight," one family insider tells me. "But she needs to be careful about what she wishes for. As Whitney knew too well, being famous and all that it brings isn't always good."
In addition to Pat and Bobbi Kristina, the Lifetime show will also follow Pat's daughter, Rayah; Whitney’s brother, Gary; and Whitney's mother, Cissy.
Scarlett Johansson attended "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on March 13 in Hollywood, Calif.
Kim Kardashian was spotted leaving the Versace Mansion in Miami on March 13.
Hilary Duff grabbed breakfast at La Conversation cafe in West Hollywood on March 13.
Emma Roberts engaged in some retail therapy in Beverly Hills on March 13.
Rita Ora was seen out and about in NYC on March 13.
Kanye West performed at SXSW on March 12 in Austin, Texas.
Stylish Reese Witherspoon attended a baby class in Brentwood, Calif. on March 12.
Birthday girl Liza Minnelli stopped by the NBC studios in NYC for an appearance on "Today," March 12.
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian were seen out and about Miami on March 12.
Kim Kardashian waved to her fans from the balcony in Miami, March 12.
Pregnant Kristin Cavallari left the Sirius XM studios in NYC on March 12.
Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio showed the brand's 2014 Swim Collection on "Extra" at Universal Studios, LA, on March 11.
Selena Gomez shot an Adidas commercial in NYC on March 11.
Jimmy Fallon stepped out of his NYC home on March 11.
Rumer Willis made a Starbucks run on March 11 in West Hollywood.
Jason Sudeikis and pregnant Olivia Wilde enjoyed a romantic stroll in New York City for Olivia's birthday on March 10.
Stacy Keibler gave herself a manicure using Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail color on March 10 in LA.
Sean Avery took a break from "Dancing with the Stars" practice in LA on March 10.
Britney Spears, her boyfriend David Lucado, her ex-husband Kevin Federline and his wife Victoria Prince watched their sons Sean and Jayden play soccer in Calabasas, Calif., on March 9.
"True Detective" star Michelle Monaghan picked up food from Earthbar in West Hollywood on March 7.
Aaron Paul arrived at the premiere of "Need for Speed" at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 6.
Sarah Jessica Parker presented The SJP Collection at LA Nordstrom on March 6.
James Franco, Leighton Meester and Chris O'Dowd attended the "Of Mice and Men" press conference at Signature Theatre, NYC, on March 6.
Taylor Swift headed to the gym in LA on March 6.
Ireland Baldwin and her new purple hair were spotted grocery shopping in Tarzana, Calif. on March 6.
"Gossip Girl" star Jessica Szohr went shopping in LA on March 6.
Lupita Nyong'o, Elizabeth Olsen, Bella Heathcote and Elle Fanning attended the Miu Miu show at Paris Fashion Week on March 5.
Jennifer Hudson stopped by the Sony Music offices in London on March 5.
Minka Kelly left her LA gym after a workout on March 5.
Mandy Moore was spotted out and about West Hollywood on March 5.
Julianne Moore was spotted on the set of "Still Alice" in NYC on March 4.
Courteney Cox and boyfriend Johnny McDaid of "Snow Patrol" did some shopping in West Hollywood on March 4.
Jared Leto arrived at LAX for a flight, March 4.
Engaged couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis went out for dinner at the Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City, Calif., on March 3.
Jessica Biel caught a flight out of LAX Airport on her 32nd birthday March 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. Jessica is flying to Florida to meet up with her husband Justin Timberlake (who's currently on tour there) to celebrate her birthday with him.
Sophia Bush appeared on Nick Lachey`s first episode as Host of VH1`s Big Morning Buzz in NYC on March 3.
Jennifer Lawrence attended the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2 in West Hollywood, Calif.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attended the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2 in West Hollywood, Calif.
Sofia Vergara attended the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2 in West Hollywood, Calif.
Ryan Seacrest posed with John Stamos at Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti’s Oscar after party in the Hollywood Hills on March 2, where McDonald’s World Famous fries, Egg White Delights, Egg McMuffins, and hash browns were served.
"12 Years a Slave" wins Best Picture at the Oscars, March 2.
Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor at the Oscars, March 2.
Cate Blanchett wins Best Actress at the Oscars, March 2.
Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, March 2.
Lupita Nyong'o wins Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, March 2.
Alfonso Cuaron wins Best Director at the Oscars, March 2.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz arrived at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.
Meryl Streep arrived at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.
Jennifer Lawrence arrived at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2 and fell, <em>again</em>.
Kerry Washington arrived at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.