Former Beatle Sues Sony
Next yr, Beatles followers will be able to rejoice as the music that’s kept them dreaming, dancing, and singing for the better a part of half a century finally comes home to the man behind it all, McCartney. The former Beatle put Sony on notice yesterday, revealing plans for a heated legal battle with the recording industry giant to reclaim the rights to several Beatles classics once owned by late legend Michael Jackson as early as 2018. Paul McCartney, 74, says that regardless of efforts to orchestrate a peaceful return of The Beatles’ catalog, he has been ‘getting the run round’ from Sony, prompting legal motion in a bid to speed things along.
Fun Fact: In 1995, Michael Jackson purchased the publishing rights to the vast majority of the Beatles’ catalog – some 251 songs – for $47 million, outbidding Paul McCartney himself.
Amongst others, The Beatles classics “Love Me Do,” “All You Need Is Love” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” are all a part of the Sony ATV catalog bought by Michael Jackson in 1995 for $41 million and sold last yr by his estate for over $750 million – however in Paul McCartney’s eyes, the songs he crafted with three of the most gifted people the world has ever known are priceless. Best wishes to Paul McCartney as he embarks on a journey to take back what’s rightfully his!