Michael Jackson Estate Sells The Beatles Publishing to Sony

Michael Jackson Estate Sells Beatles Publishing to Sony
Michael Jackson Estate Sells Beatles Publishing to Sony
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson in 1983. Jackson’s share of the rights to many Beatles songs has been purchased by Sony.
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Michael Jackson’s estate has agreed to sell it’s remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.

The catalog included publishing for major names such as Beyonce, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and others.

via USA Today:

The agreement for Jackson’s half-share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog will give the company sole ownership of works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other hit making musicians, including Eminem and Taylor Swift.

The deal is another posthumous blockbuster deal for Jackson, whose estate has erased the singer’s massive debts through a mixture of new music and movie ventures and re-releases of the singer’s most popular music. Jackson’s estate benefits his mother and three children, known as Prince, Paris and Blanket.

“This agreement further demonstrates Sony’s commitment to the entertainment businesses and our firm belief that these businesses will continue to contribute to our success for years to come,” Sony Corp. president and CEO Kazuo Hirai wrote in a statement.

The sale does not include rights to Jackson’s master recordings or songs that he wrote, and the singer’s estate will continue to have a stake in EMI Publishing, Inc.

“This transaction further allows us to continue our efforts of maximizing the value of Michael’s Estate for the benefit of his children,” the co-executors of Jackson’s estate, attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, wrote in a statement. “It also further validates Michael’s foresight and genius in investing in music publishing.”

Jackson purchased the ATV portion of the catalog in 1985 for $41.5 million, and he later merged it with Sony. It remained his most lucrative asset at the time of his death in June 2009 at age 50, though by that point Jackson was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

The deal for Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV catalog is expected to close by the end of March.

We are not sure why the Estate ran by Michael’s mother sold the lucrative catalog, however that was a smart move by Michael to invest in publishing.

Does Safaree Samuels plans to sue Nicki Minaji?

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Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels went from longtime lovers to bitter exes and suffered one of the nastiest breakups in hip-hop. A new report claims Samuels plans to reignite their feud with a lawsuit.

For those who don’t remember, earlier this year, Samuels claimed both in interviews and in songs that he had a major hand in helping Minaj with her music and that he even helped pen some of her songs.

Now, according to TMZ, sources say Samuels plans to sue Minaj for royalties from her three full-length studio albums, Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and The Pinkprint.

Sources also claim Samuels wants money from Minaj’s collaborations, like The Pinkprint records “Only,” which featured Drake, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne, and “Feeling Myself,” which featured Beyoncé. Another track Samuels allegedly wants money for is Beyoncé’s “Flawless” remix, which featured Minaj.

A source claims Samuels isn’t just coming to court with a bunch of accusations. Samuels will reportedly present footage of him working with Minaj on music, as well as voice memos from recording sessions. The source claims Samuels will also present several witnesses to prove that he was a major contributor to Minaj’s music.

Samuels reportedly will also use the fact that Minaj named him as executive producer of her first two albums as proof that he had a heavy hand in her music.

Samuels has allegedly already secured lawyers and sources say that a lawsuit against Minaj is “imminent.”

She’s Back…Missy Elliott Returns with “WTF” (Where They From)Featuring Pharrell

missySHE’S BACK...It’s been almost a decade since Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, dropped an album. She broke that dry spell Thursday, dropping the “WTF (Where They From)” featuring Pharrell Williams, a high-energy dance track that boasts an almost hard rock edge at times. In Missy Elliott Style, it wa loud colorful, engaging, and full of dance moves to rock any generation.

It shows Elliott switching through a series of futuristic outfits, one where’s she’s glowing like a living disco ball.

When she stepped out onstage during the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year, the Internet erupted in applause. The next morning, her performance went viral. Her performance inspired many young people asking who is Missy Elliott, and publications celebrating her for stealing the show from Katy Perry. The person most surprised by the huge outpouring of love was Elliott herself.

See the New Video…

Drake Reference Tracks Leaked by DJ Drama Says Summer Walker

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A woman scorned is not be played with…. especially when it come to  her alimony!

Just when the Meek Mill vs. Drake rift looked like it was winding down, DJ Drama’s ex-wife threw a wrench in the game. Summer Walker (a.k.a Summer Parker) claims Drama leaked Quentin Millerreferencetracks to Meek, and that’s just half of this crazy story.

On Monday (Nov. 2), model and former video vixen Summer P. Walker took to Twitter for a long tirade against her ex-husband, DJ Drama, and alleges among other things that he was the source that gave Meek Mill the reference tracks recorded by Quentin Miller that later became hits for Drake. DJ Drama is an A&R Executive with Atlantic Records.  Continue reading “Drake Reference Tracks Leaked by DJ Drama Says Summer Walker”

New Music Adele Hello

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Singer Adele is back! She is topping the charts and kicking Taylor Swift record with over 100 million views for her new music video in less than 7 days.  In her first proper interview in three years, the singer explained to i-D magazine that the heartbreak themes of her previous record won’t dominate “25.”

“I’m not heartbroken, but I probably won’t be able to better the one I did, so what’s the point?” she said. “Also, how I felt when I wrote ’21,’ it ain’t worth feeling like that again. … I was very sad and very lonely. Regardless of being a mom or a girlfriend, I didn’t want to feel like that again.”
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Tom Ford Creates New “Drake” Lipstick

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Just days since the release of Drake’s viral “Hotline Bling” video, designer Tom Ford announced that he will be paying homage to the rapper — in the form of a lipstick. As a part of his Lips & Boys collection, Tom Ford will be re-releasing the “Drake” lipstick on November 27.

Yep, you read it right chicas. You’ll soon be able to rock a lip color inspired by your favorite rapper. So, what exactly will a Drake inspired lipstick look like, you ask?

“Drake” is a gorgeous, deep plum tone, the perfect color for fall and winter.

This luxurious lipstick will be available for purchase online and at major department stores, so get ready to get your Drake on all autumn long!

Source Latina: CHANTEL MOREL

 

New Music Tuesday: Beyonce and Drake Can I

drakebeyDrake and Beyoncé have joined forces for “Can I.” Although the song previously leaked back in March, the song was released during latest episode of OVO Sound Radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1, on Saturday, Oct. 3.u

On Sept. 18, Bey teamed up with another big name, Naughty Boy, for the party track “Runnin’ (Lose It All),” featuring Arrow Benjamin.  Her latest collabs should hopefuly bring us  closer to a new album from Queen B.

 

Nicki Minaji Gets Her Own TV Show on ABC

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Rapper Nicki Minaj has her own television comedy series coming to ABC — the same network that brought you Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Minaj will produce and star in the comedy TV series that will begin shooting in Queens, NY this winter.

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Nicki Minaj is set to executive produce and appear in a scripted comedy series for ABC Family based on the rap star’s life growing up in Queens, New York. The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, will film a pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown this winter, with the intention to continue to series. The half-hour, single-camera comedy is based on Minaj’s family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early ’90s.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The half-hour, single-camera comedy is based on Minaj’s family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early ’90s. The untitled series will center on her childhood in Queens with her vibrant family and how her evolution led to her eventual rise to international fame. The project will shoot in Minaj’s hometown of Queens, New York starting this winter.

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj in a statement. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
Minaj studied acting at Manhattan’s prestigious LaGuardia High School and originally pursued acting before launching a successful music career. Minaj, who is in the midst of her worldwide “Pinkprint” tour, is the first solo female artist to have seven singles charting simultaneously on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third full-length album, The Pinkprint, became the second highest-selling female debut of 2014 and arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.

TI Celebrates B-Day With Carnival Theme Controversy

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Rapper “Clifford “Tip” Harris, Jr., aka T.I.”, celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday September 25, 2015, with family and friends with a Carnival-themed party at his Scales 925 Restaurant.

T.I.’s event planners Music Business Politics  released an invitation on multiple social media platforms, to his  birthday party with a Caribbean Carnival theme. His team used an image belonging to Trinidadian Photographer Laura Ferreira, but failed to credit her. Laura’s watermark was also removed. Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation

Laura is a well-known and respected photographer/artist in Trinidad & Tobago and internationally. Her photos can be seen in numerous publications, billboards and advertisements..


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Laura noticed and requested that if he chose to use the image, he must credit both her and the designer Anya or take it down ASAP.

T.I. Responded…

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A statement from Laura via her Facebook…

“T.I. is using one of my images for his birthday invitation, on his Instagram account (it’s now on his Facebook page, too). Would love to have a credit for myself as well as the costume designer, Anya Ayoung-Chee. Seriously, whoever designed this knew they didn’t have the right to use it. Removing my name from the image doesn’t magically make it right. I would have been thrilled to let it out to such a huge audience, if I were contacted in the first place.”

This is Lauras original image 

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Can T.I. be held liable for this invitation? 

Taraji P Henson, Kerry Washington, and Mary J Blige Apple Commercial Buzz

Screen-Shot-2015-09-21-at-4.08.46-AM-830x487We saw leading ladies of some of our favorite shows snatch up the coveted golden award at the 2015 Emmys on Fox TV,, but more importantly we saw how they came together to support one another.

A big mention of the night  was the Apple Music commercial that aired featuring Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, and Mary J. Blige.

Take a look and leave your thoughts….
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Patti Labelle Shuts Dow Fan Says She’s Not Nicki Minaj

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Public Service Announcement: Don’t come on Patti Labelle Stage acting like Nicki Minaj or Miley Cyrus.

The “New Attitude” diva ripped into a fan after he started to strip onstage during her concert Friday night at the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver.

While performing hit “Lady Marmalade,” LaBelle invited several audience members onstage to dance. However, according to a video obtained by TMZ, when one man began to unbutton his shirt, the singer immediately scolded him.

“Don’t you dare, not on my stage,” she commanded, adding, “I am 71-years-young I am not Nicki Minaj or that little, uh, Miley.”

The fan began acting coy and then struck a provocative pose, which caused LaBelle to call to have him removed.

“Get off of my goddarn stage, b—-,” the former Dancing with the Starscontestant yelled as he was escorted out. “And stay off. Put him out of the building. Put him out! How dare you!”

Later on during the show, LaBelle expressed embarrassment over her outburst, and apologized for using a “bad word.”

“I’m so sorry,” she said “I’m a Gemini and things come out of my mouth sometimes that I try to control.”

Regardless, she maintained the concertgoer was “rude.”

“Don’t ever come in my face again,” she said.

Source: People /TMz