Sony Acquires Michael Jackson's Music Catalogue for $600 Million

Published February 11, 2024

In a landmark deal, Sony Group is set to acquire the music catalogue of the legendary Michael Jackson. The purchase price is stated to be no less than $600 million, marking a significant transaction between Sony and the Michael Jackson estate.

Record-Breaking Deal

According to Billboard, this acquisition represents Sony's most substantial investment to date. It's a clear testament to the enduring value and appeal of Michael Jackson's legacy in the music industry.

A Broader Catalogue Acquisition

The transaction is not limited to Michael Jackson's songs alone. The agreement extends to include tracks by various artists under the Mijac publishing label, which was owned by Jackson.

Assets encompass the ownership of master recordings and publishing rights for Michael Jackson's music, in addition to the full Mijac catalogue.

Prior Sales and Debt Settlement

In earlier financial dealings, Michael Jackson's estate had sold its 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music publishing. This sale had included a coveted collection of Beatles songs. Despite such deals, settling the significant debts of Jackson's estate was a major undertaking following his passing.

The King of Pop's Lasting Impact

Michael Jackson, recognized as one of pop music's best-selling artists, left an imprint on the music world that continues to generate significant interest. He passed away in 2009, but his estate has remained a multi-million dollar affair.

And the pop icon's influence doesn't stop with music; a new biopic titled 'Michael' is slated for release next year, ensuring that his story and songs continue to captivate audiences around the globe.

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