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26 December 2020 02:34

Michael Jackson purchased the publishing copyrights to songs written by Lennon-McCartney and some early songs by George Harrison.

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Paul McCartney gives a tour around his studio in 1997 Michael Jackson and Sir Paul McCartney met when the young MJ was getting his start as a solo artist. At the time, Sir Paul had spent some time outside of The Beatles and was making his own way in the world. The pair were not close for too long, however, as things quickly went sour - but what happened? Trending Like many musical partnerships, their fall out came over 'creative differences.' Well, that's at least one way to put it, as Michael's creativity with his money was not something Sir Paul was happy about when it came to MJ buying the entire back catalogue of The Beatles. Michael Jackson purchased the publishing copyrights to songs written by Lennon-McCartney and some early songs by George Harrison.

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This was something which, according to one biography of the Thriller singer, Michael had joked about with Sir Paul McCartney at dinner. READ MORE: Soul review: Pixar animation shows what it means to be human Michael Jackson Paul McCartney - why did they stop being friends? FREE now and never miss the top Royal stories again. SUBSCRIBE Invalid email Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters.

Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. READ MORE Michael Jackson Thriller behind the lyrics: How was Thriller written? Michael Jackson with Paul McCartney and their awards Michael Jackson and Thriller producer Quincy Jones READ MORE Michael Jackson The Girl is Mine lyrics: Who the song about? As for Yoko and John's share of the rights, sources told Billboard in 2009 that Sony had made an offer to Yoko which meant they could keep John's share of the rights until 70 years after his death, which would be 2050. Unfortunately, though Michael and Sir Paul had collaborated a number of times before this took place, this did sour the pair's relationship. However Sir Paul told David Letterman he 'missed' the singer after his death. Speaking in 2009 after Michael's death, Sir Paul said: "Somebody had to get it, I suppose. What happened actually was then I started to ring him [Michael] up. Paul and Linda McCartney with Michael Jackson "I thought, 'OK, here's the guy historically placed to give Lennon–McCartney a good deal at last.' "Cuz we got signed when we were 21 or something in a back alley in Liverpool. "And the deal, it's remained the same, even though we made this company the most famous… "But I did talk to him [Michael Jackson] about it. But he kind of blanked me on it. He kept saying, 'That's just business Paul.' However, things became real when the catalogue of songs from ATV Music became available to purchase, and both Sir Paul and Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, decided against purchasing them. Michael bought the rights to these songs, as well as some early George Harrison songs, for $47.5million (£36.7million) in 1985. The catalogue came up for sale in 1984, and there were various bids for the publishing company. However, Michael's bid was successful, starting with $46million (£35.5million.) Even so, factors grew to become actual when the catalogue of tracks from ATV New music became available to invest in, and both equally Sir Paul and Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, made a decision from obtaining them. Michael purchased the rights to these tracks, as perfectly as some early George Harrison tracks, for $47.5million (£36.7million) in 1985. The catalogue arrived up for sale in 1984, and there were being numerous bids for the publishing firm. Having said that, Michael's bid was prosperous, setting up with $46million (£35.5million.)

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