The Real Empire: Michael Jackson’s Estate Sells His Stake in Sony To The Tune of $750 Million

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“So I’m leaving Sony, a free agent, owning half of Sony. I own half of Sony’s Publishing. I’m leaving them, and they’re very angry at me, because I just did good business, you know.”– Michael Jackson

Many of you know Michael Joseph Jackson is near and dear to my heart as a musician and the greatest entertainer to ever grace the stage. Ok, we’ve gotten that out-of-the-way. Today and probably many years to come I’ll be here and around to discuss the sale of his stake in ownership of the very lucrative and exclusive Sony/ATV catalog. First off, I was on Instagram and I came across a post from Jeff Robinson (one-time manager of  Alicia Keys). 

The Beatles catalog ALONE cost MJ $46-47 million dollars for under 200 songs…then you add in MJ’s music, Beyonce’s music and the list literally keeps going on and on. For them to sell half the share of MJ’s stake for $750 million is a STEAL, literally.

 On top of the shrewd business man MJ was, this wasn’t a clause in the will? The damn catalog alone should have its own will (I’m purely talking shit at this point), word is his kids will benefit from the business deal. That’s great, but I’m sure those kids can eat for decades off his solo money at the end of the day.   Mind you the ENTIRE catalog is worth billions, so Sony just pulled the okie doke. Michael Jackson was NEVER broke, he was cashing checks off this venture ALONE not even touching his solo artist, touring, sales or endorsement money. Licensing= BANK. I’m no hater, I’m just stating facts.

Alicia Key’s ex-manager Jeff Robinson replied to me on Instagram that they probably didn’t have a choice but to sell it. Again, where? Why? Considering this is where much of the drama in the late 90s/00’s stems from regarding Tommy Motolla and then MJ felt as though they sabotaged his Invincible album by not promoting it. Again, why would his estate get the notion to sell when they knew how much power and prestige it garnered?

Something isn’t right and MJ fought tooth & nail when he was alive to keep control over it. Now I’m about to say that I feel like speculation about why MJ was killed is starting to brew in my mind because there is just NO WAY unless MJ stated so that this catalog would be let go of, considering while he was alive he held on to it.  The powers that be let the money generate for 7 years posthumously only to sell it.  Nope. Not buying it. Considering this is where much of the drama in the late 90s/00’s stems from regarding Tommy Motolla and then MJ felt as though they sabotaged his Invincible album by not promoting it.
There are so many unanswered questions at this point and so many theories. Why would an estate of the biggest music star to ever the grace the planet sell the MOST lucrative catalog in music history? Why wouldn’t the estate let the money gain and continuing licensing music for commercials etc?  It’s not adding up, the catalog is worth more than $750 million on a good day. RIP MJ, I can’t imagine he’d think this was a good idea.
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