Michael Jackson’s estate has sold his publishing stake to Sony for $750 million. This includes the music catalogues of other artists like the Beatles, Taylor Swift, and Eminem.
I wonder if Sir Paul McCartney will try to persuade Sony to revert his Beatles compositions to him any time soon.
Sir George Martin, the legendary producer who was at the helm of most of the Beatles’ biggest hits, has passed away at age 90. Aside from the Fab Four, “the fifth Beatle,” as he was known, also produced recordings for such artists as America, Celine Dion, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney (and Wings), and Michael Jackson. Martin’s contribution to the music industry as not only a producer but also as a composer, arranger, and music executive is remarkable and will never be forgotten.
May you rest in peace, George.
North Carolina native Ben E. King, who was best known for his 1961 megahit, Stand By Me (later covered by John Lennon and sampled by Sean Kingston), has passed away yesterday at the age of 76.