Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the Estate of Michael Jackson announced a long-term extension of Sony/ATV’s worldwide administration of Jackson’s Mijac Music catalog. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded by Michael in 1980 as his personal publishing company, Mijac Music grew into a formidable catalog, including his own compositions as well as the Sly and the Family Stone catalog and songs by the legendary Philadelphia soul team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, as well as 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. His estate continues to further his vision and we are privileged to be the administrators of such an important collection of songs.”
The Sony Corporation bought out the estate’s 50 percent share of Sony/ATV in 2016 for $750 million. Jackson had purchased the ATV catalog in 1985 (which owns the rights to most of the Beatles’ songs) for $41.5 million, and it with Sony Music Publishing as a joint venture in 1995. After the 2016 deal, his estate retained the rights to Mijac as well as its 10% share in EMI Music Publishing, which was acquired by a consortium led by Sony/ATV in 2012; Sony acquired 30% ownership in EMI as part of the deal.
Sources tell Variety that the remaining 60% — which is held by a consortium of investors including Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development, Jynwel Capital, Blackstone Group’s GSO Capital Partners and David Geffen — is up for sale, with Sony as the likely buyer.
The Mijac catalog includes all of the songs written by Michael 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’,” “We Are the World” and “Say Say Say” and “The Girl Of Mine,” the latter two of which he recorded with Sir Paul McCartney.
Jackson’s first acquisition in 1983 was the catalog of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Sylvester Stewart, aka, Sly Stone. Thereafter, Mijac went on to acquire thousands more 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”.
Pitch Battle season one showcased the UK's best vocal groups on BBC One who battled it out to crown the winner of the £50,000 prize and the title of Pitch Battle Champions. Jermaine Jackson performed alongside Sgarmes, from Aberystwyth, Wales, in the grand final. Pitch Battle aired live on BBC One Saturday July 22nd and here's the list of the finalists and their respective performers:
Michael Jackson, will be the central piece of an upcoming Halloween TV special from CBS, entitled “Michael Jackson’s Halloween.” CBS has teamed up with the icon’s estate for the special, which will tap into Jackson’s discography and feature an animated version of him as well, according to Billboard. The special, airing sometime this fall, will be an hour long and follow millennial characters Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who stumble upon a mysterious hotel on 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. The young characters will also be joined by Ichabod the dog, and they’ll embark on a magical quest — featuring a bit of dancing. The special will also feature voice work from prominent personalities, such as Jim Parsons, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Lucy Liu, Brad Garrett and George Eads, Billboard reports. Executive producing credits go to John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Jackson estate. Daniel Chuba will produce. Mark A.Z. Dippé will reportedly direct the piece, created by Optimum Productions and animated by Hammerhead.
June 28th, 2017 marks the 10th wedding anniversary of TJ Jackson and Frances and they launched their new project "The Family Rules" that is dedicated to providing all types of content to improve and enhance your family. Make sure to follow their accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the blog site www.thefamilyrules.com.
Eight years after Michael Jackson's death, Jermaine reflects on the Jackson family's life, legacy and media reports on FOX Business.
Jermaine Jackson also shares secrets of building a brand that has lasted five decades with FOX Business.
On June 15th, 2017, the Jermaine Jackson JACKSON SERIES "Jelephant" Tourbillon watch was launched and introduced, as part of the first collaboration between JHH Entertainment Ltd. and Memorigin. After extensive R&D spanning the globe, Memorigin is proud to present the Jelephant Tourbillon Watch designed by Jermaine Jackson. "Jelephant" is strong and durable, never forgets. It is timeless with amazing memories. This is the "Jelephant - Time that never forgets!" An icon under JHH Entertainment Ltd. The "Jelephant" logo engraved on the dial is a symbol of wisdom, power and long lasting, and these are the same elements of watchmaking. Its unique design is a testament to the painstaking attention to detail and dedicated craftmanship of Jermaine and design team. Through this trusted team, the tourbillon's polishing, assembly and quality control is overseen by master watchmakers and their teams to ensure the "perfection of art".
More information and pictures are available at jermainejackson5.com.
Austin Brown stopped by Request to talk about his new single "Smile" and plays it accoustically in studio! Plus, he tells us how his uncle Michael Jackson introduced him to The Eagles and Dr. Dre. Listen to the show on Apple Music. Austin also played "Smile" at the Revolt Sessions. Austin is currently performing his acoustic Guitar & Microphone shows in the US and is looking to book more shows both inside the US and outside.
Austin Brown's song "Smile" that he performed live over the past few years is now available to download as a single on iTunes, a track from Austin's forthcoming Acoustic Sessions EP. Go put a smile on your face and purchase the song now!
Janet Jackson is reportedly in talks with Netflix to do a fly-on-the-wall documentary series about her life after her divorce and her efforts as a new mother. Although Janet has been keeping a low profile since the split from Wissam Al Mana in April, a source told The Sun that she is ready to put herself out there: “Janet has been fiercely private about her life in the past but feels the need to keep her fans in the loop with what life has been like since she went into hiatus ten years ago. The show will run as a ten-part documentary and will feature recording sessions in the studio, co-parenting her child with Wissam and preparing for the European and Asian legs of her tour. Netflix [is] negotiating a big sum for the rights to the show as they expect it to perform well,” the source added.
Jermaine Jackson is in Cannes, southern France. On May 24th, he attended a press meeting for World Peace Night at Villa Oxygène. In the afternoon, Jermaine and his girlfriend Maday Velázquez walked the red carpet at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes for the screening of the film 'The Beguiled'. Both were wearing fashion custom made by German designer Marcell von Berlin couture available at Ivan Bitton Style House. In the evening, Jermaine and Maday returned to Villa Oxygène to attend World Peace Night, a charity event as part of Adventure of Humanity, where Jermaine also took the stage and performed. The Adventure of Humanity is a none profit project started by Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela in 1999 and is organized today by Richard Nilsson. On May 26th, Jermaine Jackson is a special VIP guest at the businesstainment Villa & Friends Party in Cannes powered by Lambertz and hosted by Nana Domena of LifeStyler TV. For photos and videos of Jermaine's trip to Cannes, visit Facebook page @JermaineJackson5.