Jackson estate signs record deal with Sony

jackson_fans.gi.top.jpgBy Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer and Grace Wong, contributing writer


NEW YORK(CNNMoney.com) -- The administrators of Michael Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment said Tuesday that they have reached a deal concerning the sale of the late singer's recordings.

The deal was worth about $250 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Sony (SNE) Music's Columbia Epic Label Group and Legacy Recordings will continue to hold rights to Jackson's catalog, and plan to release previously unreleased Jackson recordings in November, according to Sony and administrators for the Jackson estate, John Branca and John McClain.

"We believe we have a partner in Sony that knows and appreciates Michael's artistry as well as the passion of his fans," said McClain, in a press release. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Sony to preserve and enhance his remarkable musical legacy."

Rob Stringer, chairman of the Columbia Epic Label Group, said in the press release that he's "dedicated to protecting this icon's legacy and we're thrilled that we can continue to bring his music to the world for the foreseeable future."

The Journal said the deal will distribute 10 albums over seven years guarantees Jackson's estate $200 million, and is being heralded as the most profitable recording contract ever.

The agreement covers unreleased recordings, DVDs and possibly other projects such as video games, reports said.

Jackson died on June 25 last year after having suffered cardiac arrest. To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,122.01 15.31 0.09%
Nasdaq 4,569.62 -1.02 -0.02%
S&P 500 2,000.12 0.10 0.00%
Treasuries 2.36 -0.03 -1.25%
Data as of 5:20pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 16.20 -0.13 -0.80%
Apple Inc 102.13 1.24 1.23%
Facebook Inc 74.63 -1.33 -1.75%
Yahoo! Inc 38.18 0.39 1.03%
Pfizer Inc 29.49 0.28 0.96%
Data as of 4:02pm ET

Sections

As Elon Musk cancels the latest launch of a SpaceX rocket, he's also got some "horrible nightmares" to contend with. More

Former Fed chief Ben Bernanke believes the 2008 financial crisis was the worst in global history, topping even the Great Depression. More

Tech fans are already excited about the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 next month. There's now a report suggesting that the iWatch could be coming too. Wall Street is pleased. More

Utah State professor Michael Glauser cycled 4,000 miles this summer, visiting 100 entrepreneurs across the country. Here's a snapshot of how they grew their businesses. More

Mary Fallon, from Durham, Maine, is a mother of three children, two dogs, 25 chickens and a flock of 22 sheep. Here are journal entries from a day in her life. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.