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Bittersweetness: Michael Jackson’s ATV Music Publishing

Initially, the news broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

He worked so hard and suffered so much for it.

What a great investment it was.
He said he would never sell it…and HE never did. But he is no longer here.

So perhaps cashing out is for the best now, nearly seven years after his passing. His children will all be grownups soon and I can’t help but to think that he would not want them to have to carry the burden that goes along with being co-owners of the largest music publishing catalogue in the world; though it was one he proudly and bravely carried himself for various reasons, including as a business example to other artists.

Music History will forever have to acknowledge the fact that Sony/ATV came to be because of Michael Jackson, the investment and deal he was wise enough to make.

Rest easy Michael.

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Michael Jackson is still “Bad” 25 years after album





New York, NY – Twenty-five years after the phrase “Who’s Bad” became a generation’s
cultural catchphrase, Epic/Legacy Recordings, in collaboration with the Estate of
Michael Jackson, will celebrate the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour on
September 18, 2012 with the release of a deluxe package, BAD 25, which includes three CDs,
two collectible booklets, and features the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the
record breaking BAD tour.

“The era of BAD represented Michael’s creative ‘coming of age’ as a solo artist in charge of
every aspect of his career – from recording to touring to endorsements to merchandising. This
was the first album on which nearly all of the songs were written by Michael. It was also was
the first album in history to produce five consecutive #1 singles and it took 2 ½ decades for
another artist to match that success. It was also the first time Michael would tour as a solo artist
– his vision, his decisions on what the show would be. The enormous success of the BAD album
and tour was a pivotal moment in Michael’s growth as a composer, performer and producer
cementing his role as the King of Pop. We are thrilled to celebrate such an historic era in
Michael’s career with this release”, stated John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of the
Estate of Michael Jackson.

The BAD 25 anniversary deluxe edition will feature three CDs and 1 DVD as follows:

• The highlight of the package is the DVD of Michael’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at
Wembley Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one
complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and
the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out show. This show was
one of the record-breaking seven nights played at the venue attended by more than half a
million people – three times that many people tried to purchase tickets. The DVD was
sourced from Michael Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the
JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only
known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality
enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night

• A CD of the re-mastered original BAD album

• A CD containing previously unreleased material recorded in Michael’s personal studio at
Hayvenhurst. This material includes early demo versions of songs from the album as
well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this material is being
released as it was recorded during the BAD sessions. Nothing has been added. In
addition, this CD will also include new remixes from internationally renowned

• A CD showcasing the audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16th Wembley
performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released, this is the only
concert from the BAD Tour known to exist on multitracks

This magnificent 3 CD/1 DVD box set will also include two extensive booklets with yet unseen
photos from the recording sessions, video sets and the concert tour, the original BAD cover art, a
two-sided poster and more. A BAD 25 two CD standard edition featuring the original album
plus the CD of demos and new remixes will also be made available as will a stand alone edition
of the DVD and a picture disc of the original album.

On June 5 in the U.S. (June 4th ex-U.S.), Epic / Legacy Recordings will re-release the original
first single from the album “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” as a CD Single with a previously
unreleased bonus track from the BAD sessions, “Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round (demo).” This is a
Wal-Mart exclusive CD single in the U.S. and will not be available digitally.

On June 26 a replica edition of the original 7″ vinyl of this single with the original B-side “Baby
Be Mine” will be made available to the world. The first single for BAD, “I Just Can’t Stop
Loving You,” was originally released on 7″ vinyl in 1987. The 7″ single edit of the song has
only been available on that original 7″ vinyl until now.

Recently, Pepsi announced an exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson as
part of its new “Live for Now” campaign. Starting this month, Michael Jackson and Pepsi fans
in more than 20 countries around the world will experience this partnership in a variety of ways,
including a retail campaign featuring one billion special edition Michael Jackson Bad 25 Pepsi
cans, live events, and opportunities for fans to access special edition merchandise and new music
from BAD 25.

The BAD album was the third Michael Jackson album produced by Quincy Jones and was
originally released on August 31, 1987. It was monumental in many ways; Michael wrote nine of
the album’s eleven tracks and received co-producer credit for the entire album. The album was #1
around the world, made history with five consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard chart, produced
ten chart-topping singles, nine ground breaking short films and to date, the Bad album
has generated over 45 Million units in sales. BAD was nominated for six Grammys and won
two; the album earned Michael the first-ever Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMA Awards.
Songs on the original album are: “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Speed Demon,”
“Liberian Girl,” “Just Good Friends” featuring Stevie Wonder, “Another Part of Me,” “Man in
the Mirror,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal,” with “Leave
Me Alone” added to the album once released.

The BAD World Tour was Michael’s first concert tour as a solo artist. The legendary tour
included 123 concerts attended by more than 4.4 million fans over sixteen months. When it
concluded, the tour had shattered all previous touring records for attendance and total gross
revenue adding three new entries in the Guinness World Records for the largest grossing tour in
history, the tour with the largest attended audience and the most sold out shows at Wembley

BAD25 DVD Teaser

More details on this and other exciting projects relating to BAD’s 25th anniversary will be
announced soon.

The Michael Jackson Estate

Sony-EMI Deal Reunites Jackson 5 Songs With Michael Jackson

In the years after Michael Jackson became an international superstar, the song “I Want You Back” took on a new, reflexive sort of meaning for him.

Flush with cash from the stratospheric success of his solo career, Jackson thought seriously about buying the publishing rights to some of the songs he’d recorded years earlier as a member of the Jackson 5–including “I Want You Back,” one of hundreds in Motown’s Jobete catalog, then owned by the legendary Berry Gordy and his sister. Despite serious interest from Jackson, who was “like a son” to Gordy, the music mogul sold a 50% stake in the catalog to EMI for $132 million in 1997.

But dreams often take a lifetime to achieve, and the King of Pop seems to have realized this one posthumously. On Friday, a Sony-led team of investors purchased EMI’s entire publishing catalog for $2.2 billion. The group includes billionaire David Geffen, the Blackstone Group’s GSO Capital Partners LP, and none other than the estate of Michael Jackson (its stake is nested within Sony’s 38% share of EMI, according to sources close to the negotiations).

The move makes sense for reasons beyond just the sentimental. Michael Jackson’s estate still co-owns the separate Sony/ATV publishing catalog in a joint venture with Sony; that company, headed by former EMI chief Marty Bandier, will administer the newly-acquired EMI assets on behalf of the investors.

Still, the reunion is little more than a drop in the financial bucket. Because Sony/ATV (The Michael Jackson Estate)  will soon begin receiving administrative fees from the EMI catalog’s new owners, its own value is likely north of $2 billion as well.

As for Jackson, his estate has raked in half a billion dollars since his death two and a half years ago. And though the King of Pop’s posthumous concert flick was called This Is It, he’s just getting started from a posthumous earnings perspective. Jackson’s Immortal World Tour, a partnership with Cirque du Soleil, is grossing $2.4 million a night; plans call for over 100 shows a year for each of the next three years.


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Michael’s Guardian: Is Sony Music Suspect?

They gather on social networking sites, message boards and chat sites
to discuss and organize the information they have spent the last eleven
months digging up. The conspiracy theories regarding the murder of
Michael Jackson are no longer theory.

June 3, 2010 – As the year closes on the death of the most successful pop music star in history, many fans have channeled their mourning into
something a little more constructive.

They gather on social networking sites, message boards forums and chat
sites to discuss, share and organize the information they have spent
the last eleven months digging up. The conspiracy theories regarding
the murder of Michael Jackson are no longer just theory. They are
compelling ties of information in some long forgotten battles the pop
star has had with business associates, attorneys and the recording
label he generated billions of dollars for during his 20 years with
Sony (after it bought out CBS and Epic Records).

The story that is unfolding across Twitter, Facebook and chatrooms from
across the world would leave any creative-savvy director drooling for
the rights to make it into a movie. But is it fantasy or are the fans
really on to something?

What started as a simple, single suspect in Jackson’s death has grown
into an international, multi-teamed investigation that has turned up
motive that ensnares ex-Jackson employees, business managers,
attorneys, financiers and multi-national corporations; one of them
being the last label for which Jackson recorded. Sony Music Corporation.

Those unfamiliar with Jackson’s battles with Sony would have to become
educated with the struggle Jackson had back in 2002 with his last
original album, “Invincible”. His wrangling with Tommy Mottola, then
head of Sony, made headlines. Jackson accused Mottola of being a
“racist” and a “devil” during a speech he made at a press conference
held by Reverend Al Sharpton over the treatment of black artists by the
recording industry. Things went downhill from there.

Prancing over the Facebook pages of Jackson support groups, you can
find diagrams of inter-business relationships around Jackson during his
last seven years, compelling graphs and time lines of intersecting
events amongst thousands of pictures of Michael Jackson. What is
striking is that as this has been building since the death of the
singer last year, nary a word has been mentioned in the press. Even
live U-Stream interviews with various members of the Jackson Camp has
drawn little attention. The fans want to know why, but believe they
already know.

Web sites such as,, and blog sites such as, are compiling a case
that the L.A.P.D. should be investigating, but aren’t. A case
surrounding information few outside of Jackson fanhood know about: The struggle between Michael and Sony over ownership of a multi-billion dollar music catalog.

Michael and Sony shared 50% of this catalog after Michael sold half of
his ownership to Sony in 1995. This is the same catalog that comprised
of about 250 of the “Beatles” songs, “Little Richard” and others. Back
in 2002, Michael went public with Sony’s attempt to sabotage his album
“Invincible” to force him into bankruptcy to get him to put his 50% up
for sale. The following year, a damaging documentary about Michael
Jackson made by a BBC employee, Martin Bashir, surfaced and
investigations into alleged child abuse from Jackson began.

The investigations made by fans all over the world is compelling. The
linkage of personal business relationships, conflicts of interest,
politically motivated corruption in the California justice department,
Payoffs and campaign favors, a forged will, a planned murder, a concert
promoter and the media itself have been documented and linked. If you
ever want to solve a case, ask a fan of the victim.

What incentive do Jackson fans have, to pour what one fan posted “eight
to ten hour days” investigating business and tax records, campaign
contributions and interviews?

“It’s all for love . . .” Is posted all over the boards.

Regardless of the sensationalism of the story unfolding, fans are
frustrated. They are frustrated because they feel that Michael Jackson,
is again, not being treated fairly by the justice system in L.A.
County. The fans believe that Dr. Conrad Murray was treated much better
for murdering Michael, then Michael was treated for a crime he did not
commit. They cite the case of Richard Fine as proof that Michael’s
murderer will never get justice.

Is Sony Suspect? Was Michael Jackson murdered over the multi-billion
dollar value of MiJac and Sony/ATV music catalogs? Did L.A. County
have incentive to charge Michael’s doctor with only involuntary
manslaughter instead of murder? Are campaigns in L.A. County being paid
for by multi-national corporations tied to Michael Jackson to throw the
investigation? Did AEG, Michael’s concert promoter conspire with Sony
and Michael’s estate handlers to profit from Michael’s death before he
even died?

If that is what happened, the state of California should be embarrassed
that fans are handling the investigation better than they are.

If that is not what happened, it would sure make an excellent movie!

About Michael’s Guardian:
Writer and blogger covering breeches of Constitutional and Civil Rights

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Annual profits up at Sony/ATV (Michael Jackson) Music Publishing



Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

May 13, 2010

By Andre Paine, London

Sony Corp’s Music division – including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV – reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

The operating income increase was primarily due to
improved results for Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music
Entertainment Japan. There were strong performing global releases by
Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Susan Boyle.

In particular, Sony Music Entertainment benefited
from hit releases, Michael Jackson catalog sales, growth in new music
related businesses such as live, film and television and sponsorship
revenue, as well as a year-on-year decrease in overhead and
restructuring costs.

n its forecast Sony Corp said sales are
expected to decrease and operating income is expected to “decrease
slightly,” as a result of the decline in physical sales and a lower
contribution to its revenues from Michael Jackson catalog compared to
the last financial year.

Billboard Business

About Sony/ATV Music Publishing:

Music Publishing, established in 1995, is a joint venture between
Sony and the Michael Jackson estate.


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Publishing Corporation of the Year: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Bigger is not necessarily better…

Sony/ATV (Michael Jackson) Music Publishing, the smallest of the Big 4, took home this
Publishing Corporation of the Year award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

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