Michael Jackson’s Estate and Sony/ATV Extend Mijac Administration Agreement

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”.

Jermaine Jackson on grand finale of BBC Pitch Battle

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: 

  • Leeds Contemporary Singers with Will Young
  • Scot Soul with Chaka Khan
  • All The King’s Men with Bebe Rexha
  • Portsmouth University Gospel Choir with Seal
  • Tring Park 16 with Nick Jonas
  • Sgarmes with JERMAINE JACKSON

Animated Michael Jackson Halloween special coming to CBS this fall

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.

TJ & Frances Jackson launch new project "The Family Rules"

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

Jermaine Jackson reflects on brother Michael's death, 8 years later

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. 

The Jacksons "LEGACY" available for pre-order on Amazon #JacksonsLegacy

On June 16th, The Jacksons​ announced on ITV show "Loose Women"​ that they are releasing a picture book in October! Video is courtesy of ITV. THE JACKSONS LEGACY (The Jacksons with Fred Bronson) is our official book, chronicling our life of 50 years in music, with rare & unseen photos from our family archives. The book will be out on October 12th and is now available to pre-order on Amazon. #JacksonsLegacy 

 

12 October 2017
£25.00 hardback
Extent: 320pp
Size: 27.7 x 21.6cm ISBN: 9780500519639 Over 1000 illustrations

THE FIRST OFFICIAL BOOK CREATED BY THE JACKSONS THEMSELVES, THIS DEFINITIVE PUBLICATION TELLS THE LEGENDARY GROUP’S STORY IN THEIR OWN WORDS 

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Jermaine Jackson JACKSON SERIES Jelephant Tourbillon Watch

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".  

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Austin Brown on Ebro Beats 1 Radio Request on Apple Music

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 releases new single "Smile"

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 to document divorce, motherhood in Netflix series

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.