Sony/ATV re-signs global admin deal for wealth of Michael Jackson songs


Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the Estate of Michael Jackson have inked a long-term extension of Sony/ATV’s worldwide administration of Michael Jackson’s Mijac Music catalog.

The Mijac catalog includes all of the songs written by Jackson, including “Another Part Of Me,” “Bad,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” “Can You Feel It,” “Dangerous,” “Dirty Diana,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Earth Song,” “Heal the World,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Jam,” Scream,” “Smooth Criminal,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “They Don’t Care About Us,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and “We Are the World”.

The news comes nine months after Sony Corp finalized a deal to acquire the 50% in Sony/ATV it didn’t already own from the Jackson Estate. Mijac Music remained with the Estate.

Founded by Michael Jackson in 1980 as his personal publishing company, Mijac Music also includes the classic Sly and the Family Stone catalog and songs by the legendary Philadelphia soul team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

It also contains songs made famous by other artists such as Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin.

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: “Michael Jackson’s Mijac catalog is one of the most significant and valuable in music. Michael’s songwriting talents are respected and admired by everyone, but I also want to acknowledge his gifts as a smart businessman who put together an incredible catalog of classic songs.

“Michael Jackson’s Mijac catalog is one of the most significant and valuable in music.”

Martin Bandier, Sony/ATV

“His Estate continues to further his vision and we are privileged to be the administrators of such an important collection of songs.”

Commenting on the deal, John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, remarked: “The incredible songs in the Mijac Music catalog showcase Michael’s creative genius as a songwriter, and further, his acumen in understanding the creative and commercial value of these acclaimed third party songs.

“We trust in Martin Bandier’s leadership and in his team. The music of the greatest entertainer that ever lived, Michael Jackson, is in the hands of the #1 publishing company in the world.”

Jackson’s first acquisition in 1983 was the catalog of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Sylvester Stewart, aka, Sly Stone. The catalog includes Sly and the Family Stone hits such as “Dance To the Music,” “Everybody is a Star,” “Everyday People,” “Family Affair,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Stand”, and more.

Thereafter, Mijac went on to acquire iconic songs including “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” “After Midnight,” “Ease on Down the Road,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” “I Got A Woman,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love Train,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “People Get Ready,” “Runaround Sue,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Sixteen Candles,” “The Wanderer,” “What’d I Say,” “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “You Don’t Know Me”.Music Business Worldwide

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  • Lou Million

    Michael Jackson the business man! Miss you Mike!

  • iLexx

    I’m not sure if I am the only one that this rubs the wrong way. I feel like I’ve watched the MJ Estate be sold out for crumbs. Sometimes things read very good on paper but when you start doing the math, you realize things don’t add up.

    Correct me if I am wrong, the estate sold back their 50% stake in Sony/ATV for $750m, originally I believe I remember hearing that MJ’s 50% stake in Sony/ATV was worth $2.2b, so they already made a stupid deal there. Now they have re-signed a global admin deal with Sony/ATV?

    Does anybody believe for a second that this is what MJ would’ve wanted?
    I want to say I’m 99% sure MJ would’ve never sold his 50% stake in Sony/ATV. At the very least, he wouldn’t have sold it back to Sony/ATV.

    So I just don’t understand why MJ’s Estate would’ve given back all the power to Sony?

    In 12 months, the MJ Estate single handedly made Sony/ATV the #1 music pubco in the world and also gave them back all the power by selling back their 50% for a shit fee and then doing a global admin deal for MJ’s publishing catalog.

    The Mijac catalog is obviously valuable, why let it all sit with Sony? So between Epic/Sony and Sony/ATV, they have MJ in a recording contract and a publishing admin deal?

    This don’t make sense to me but I know it doesn’t seem like they are playing the game very smart at all.

    Now I don’t know the inner workings of any of these deals but from the outside the smart thing to do seems like what the Carters have done: JAY-Z’s Roc Nation (and his recordings) is distributed by Universal Music Group, Beyonce is distributed by Columbia/Sony and both of them have their publishing admin deals with Warner/Chappell. They are in business with ALL the majors (in some capacity). Look at how they are leveraging their power inside these majors labels/publishers. All their eggs are in no one basket. This is a perfect example of SMART business.