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