Sony Group has made headlines with its groundbreaking agreement to acquire a 50% stake in the music catalogue of the late pop icon, Michael Jackson.
This deal, valued at over $1.2 billion, signifies the immense worth of these music assets, with some estimates suggesting a figure upwards of $1.5 billion.
This acquisition stands as the largest-ever of its kind, solidifying Sony’s position in the music industry.
The comprehensive agreement covers the ownership of master recordings and publishing rights for Michael Jackson’s extensive repertoire of songs.
There are also indications that the deal may extend to include songs from other artists affiliated with the Mijac publishing catalogue, although specific details are undisclosed at this time.
This acquisition is a pivotal moment for Sony Music, as it secures the rights to Michael Jackson’s musical legacy, which continues to be a significant influence in the global music landscape.
Despite his untimely demise in 2009, Michael Jackson’s artistic contributions remain financially resilient and marketable.
It is worth noting that Michael Jackson’s estate had previously divested its 50% interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a joint venture that included iconic Beatles songs.
However, this new deal highlights the ongoing value of Michael Jackson’s music, with Sony Music now taking the reins of his musical legacy.
While the financial details of the acquisition were undisclosed, it is reminiscent of Sony’s past major acquisitions in the music industry.
The co-executors of Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain, are expected to retain their roles amidst this monumental acquisition.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago