Sunday, April 21, 2024

35 Years Later: Michael Jackson’s Daughter, Paris, Meets Paul McCartney, Source of MJ’s Income from 1985 til Death


A historic meeting on Tuesday night in Los Angeles: Paris Jackson met Paul McCartney. It’s 35 years since Paul and Paris’s dad, Michael Jackson, recorded together– and Paul mentioned to Michael that the Beatles catalog was for sale. It’s (roughly) 35 years since Michael called his lawyer, John Branca, who swooped in and bough the Lennon-McCartney songs for $47.5 million in 1985, thus creating Sony Music Publishing. And from that investment, Michael borrowed and borrowed and borrowed, spending like a drunken pirate, paying off settlements and odd deals until he was just about bankrupt. The wear and tear would lead him to agree to perform 20 shows in London, and then…For all 35 years Paul chased the catalog until now, he finally has it back, Michael is gone, and his estate no longer owns the catalog that weighed on him for a quarter century. Paris says she cried like a baby. I’ll bet Paul did, too.

i cried like a goddamn baby.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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