Michael Jackson

  1. Sony Reportedly Considering a Sale of Its Music Publishing Division

    December 23, 2014 9:19 PM EST Sony Corp. has been considering a sale of its music publishing operation, according to a Bloomberg report on the latest leak of hacked Sony e-mails.  The details of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing's potential sale were being handled by Sony ...

  2. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV's Neighboring Rights Division Signs Pharrell, Robin Thicke, More; Printz Board to Atlas; Disney Nabs TRiON

    May 20, 2014 9:45 AM EDT -- The neighboring rights division launched by Sony/ATV Music Publishing last year has announced a spree of signings including such artists as Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , Nile Rodgers , Clean Bandit and the estate of Lou Reed to a roster th ...

  3. New Michael Jackson Song Backs Jeep Summer TV Campaign (Watch)

    May 08, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Today Epic Records and Jeep launched a global brand campaign for the car company’s Altitude Edition in which Michael Jackson’s new single “Love Never Felt So Good” is featured in four 30-second TV commercials. The campaign will air from today (May ...

  4. Michael Jackson’s Doctor Denied Latest Appeal

    April 24, 2014 12:23 AM EDT The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment. The decision by the state's highest court was the latest ...

  5. Michael Jackson's Mother Told To Pay AEG's Court Costs

    April 15, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos iss ...

  6. Publishing Briefs: Zooey Deschanel Signs With Spirit, Tommy James Teams with Sony/ATV, BMG Chrysalis U.S. Buys Rights To 'Khumba'

    March 11, 2014 6:32 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has signed a multi-year North American publishing administration deal with Zooey Deschanel which includes her back catalog and future works.  In addition to her songwriting contributions as one half of the duo She & Him, she ...

  7. Michael Jackson’s Doctor Refused Rehearing On Manslaughter Conviction

    February 13, 2014 11:34 PM EST An appellate court is refusing to grant a rehearing to Michael Jackson's doctor on the appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction.   Court Upholds Michael Jackson Doctor's Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction A 2nd District Court o ...

  8. Court Upholds Michael Jackson Doctor's Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

    January 16, 2014 3:19 AM EST An appellate court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, determining there was substantial evidence of his guilt presented at trial. The ruling by the California 2nd District Cour ...

  9. Judge Tentatively Rules Against Granting New Michael Jackson Negligience Trial

    January 03, 2014 7:32 PM EST A judge issued a tentative ruling Friday against granting a new trial in a negligence case filed by the mother of Michael Jackson, claiming a concert promoter was financially liable for the singer's death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yve ...

  10. Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Tour Adding Arena Dates in 2014

    November 08, 2013 10:34 AM EST "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," which recently became the ninth-top-grossing tour in history, will return to North American arenas in 2014, Billboard can exclusively reveal. This Story First Appeared in the New Billboard -- ...

  11. Quincy Jones Files $10M Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Music

    October 25, 2013 9:14 PM EDT Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released after the singer's death. The legendary producer who has won 27 Grammy Awards and produced the King of Pop's best-sell ...

  12. Michael Jackson ‘Was Playing Russian Roulette’ With Drugs, Lawyer Tells Jurors

    September 26, 2013 12:17 AM EDT Michael Jackson died because of his own bad choices involving the drug that killed him and the doctor who provided it, not because of anything done by AEG Live, a lawyer for the producer of Jackson's comeback concerts told jurors Wednesday. ...

  13. Michael Jackson-AEG Trial Reaches Closing Arguments

    September 25, 2013 12:29 AM EDT A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family on Tuesday portrayed concert promoter AEG Live LLC and Jackson's doctor as mercenaries who sacrificed the pop star's life in a quest to boost their own fortunes. Attorney Brian Panish made the ...

  14. AEG Live Wraps Its Defense In Civil Trial Over Michael Jackson’s Death

    September 18, 2013 10:17 PM EDT Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death. The trial is in its 21st week and juror ...

  15. Michael Jackson's New Instagram Account Causes Surge on Social 50 Chart

    September 05, 2013 9:57 PM EDT The late Michael Jackson makes a 14-position leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart (27-13) following online activity around his birthday (Aug. 29) and the launch of his Instagram account. Paul McCartney, Prince, Robert Plant: Why Veteran Musi ...

  16. Michael Jackson's Mother Tearfully Concludes Testimony in AEG Wrongful Death Suit

    July 23, 2013 8:45 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The promoters of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts watched the singer waste away and should have reached out to his family for help, the superstar's mother tearfully told a jury on Monday. Clutching a ti ...

  17. Katherine Jackson Testifies in AEG Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    July 19, 2013 6:08 PM EDT LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson's mother tearfully described finding out about her son's death Friday and said she expressed concerns about his comeback concert schedule to the promoters of the tour. Katherine Jackson said she called the ...

  18. Bob Marley Hits Top 10 on Social 50 Chart For First Time

    July 19, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Bob Marley breaks into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart for the first time. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodolog ...

  19. AEG Live Planned a Massive Michael Jackson World Tour, Documents Reveal

    July 17, 2013 11:37 PM EDT Documents displayed for a jury Wednesday showed the promoter of Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts had contemplated a worldwide tour for the entertainer in the year before his death. The documents prepared by AEG Live LLC envisi ...

  20. Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit Against AEG: Experts Dominate Week 10

    July 07, 2013 10:33 AM EDT A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead: THE CASE Jackson's mo ...

  21. Former Jackson Family Manager and Lawyer Sues Sony Music

    June 25, 2013 4:54 AM EDT While the Jackson family’s trial against AEG continues, a former lawyer and manager for the Jacksons on Monday filed a new lawsuit demanding at least $10 million from Sony Music Entertainment for royalties from music created prior to 1983. Rich ...

  22. Randy Phillips, AEG Live CEO,Testifies About Emails on Michael Jackson’s Condition

    June 07, 2013 1:55 AM EDT The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts told jurors Thursday that he never consulted a mental health professional to help the singer despite two high-level show workers suggesting it was necessary. AE ...

  23. Michael Jackson Lawsuit Is Extortion Attempt, AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips says

    June 04, 2013 9:44 PM EDT The head of AEG Live told a jury on Monday that he believes a lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against the concert promotion company was a baseless extortion attempt. CEO Randy Phillips also said the company bears no responsibility ...

  24. Michael Jackson Doc's Interactions with AEG Detailed

    June 03, 2013 8:33 PM EDT An executive who negotiated with Michael Jackson's doctor says he never considered doing a background check on him. Paul Gongaware told a jury he didn't think that financial issues would affect a doctor's medical judgment. The pro ...

  25. AEG Live's Paul Gongaware Testifies About Negotiating Deal for Michael Jackson’s Doctor

    May 28, 2013 8:41 PM EDT LOS ANGELES — A top executive of the company that was producing Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour has acknowledged he negotiated a deal for the doctor that the pop star had chosen to accompany him. But AEG Live executive Paul Gongaware testifi ...

  26. Ann Tausis Joins Kobalt

    May 23, 2013 5:22 PM EDT On June 1, former Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) director Ann Tausis will join Kobalt Neighbouring Rights Limited (KNRL) as managing director. KNRL focuses on neighboring rights within the industry, offering services to clients through ...

  27. No Background Check on Michael Jackson's Doctor, Says Lawyer

    May 21, 2013 9:47 PM EDT AEG Live LLC did not conduct any background checks or supervise the doctor who was later convicted of killing Michael Jackson, a corporate attorney testified Tuesday in a lawsuit claiming the concert promoter was negligent in hiring the physicia ...

  28. Michael Jackson's Doctor Unqualified In Many Areas, Expert Says

    May 07, 2013 10:04 PM EDT Michael Jackson's doctor was not qualified to treat the singer for insomnia or drug addiction and botched resuscitation efforts, an expert cardiologist testifying for the singer's mother told a jury on Tuesday. Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter ...

  29. Michael Jackson Civil Trial: Jurors Hear Voicemail Saying Singer Was Sick

    May 02, 2013 7:51 PM EDT Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, told him Jackson was sick, and implored him to have blood tests done, according to a voicemail played Thursday in court. The message left by Frank ...

  30. Michael Jackson Doctor Had Huge Debts, Detective Says

    May 01, 2013 7:36 PM EDT The doctor convicted of involuntarily killing Michael Jackson appeared to be on trial again Wednesday as a lawyer for Jackson's mother tried to show the physician's desperate financial situation drove him to extremes in his treatment o ...

  31. Paramedic is First Witness in Michael Jackson Civil Case

    April 30, 2013 9:41 PM EDT Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson's mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer's private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a paramedic who described the singer's bedroom and the frantic ef ...

  32. Michael Jackson's Struggle With Drugs Detailed on Opening Day of Civil Trial

    April 29, 2013 10:00 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. Competing portraits of Jackson emerged dur ...

  33. Civil Suit Between Michael Jackson's Mother and AEG Live Could Cost Billions

    April 29, 2013 11:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Millions, and possibly billions, of dollars are at stake in a civil trial starting Monday over allegations from Michael Jackson's mother that the company promoting his comeback failed to properly investigate the doctor c ...

  34. Michael Jackson Civil Case Jury Selection Begins

    April 02, 2013 10:26 PM EDT Jury selection began Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against the promoter of the late pop star's planned comeback concerts. Dozens of prospective jurors answered written questionnaires that gauged their ability t ...

  35. Morning Fix: WBR's Moscowitz Steps Down; Scooter Braun on Bieber Snub, Jets; Rick Ross' Gang Problem

    December 07, 2012 8:34 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters TODD MOSCOWITZ STEPS DOWN FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS, CAMERON STRANG TAKES OVER: One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of res ...

  36. Jody Gerson

    November 30, 2012 12:52 PM EST Co-president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Merger Management One of the first major initiatives to follow the Sony/ATV-EMI merger was a gathering in Miami of songwriters from both publishing companies to begin work on Enrique Iglesias' next albu ...

  37. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  38. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 30: How One Album Changed the World

    November 30, 2012 2:00 AM EST Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro ) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others. When executives of CBS Recor ...

  39. EMI Publishing Catalog Down to Four Suitors, One Bid Outstanding

    November 28, 2012 8:20 PM EST With one bid still outstanding, the auction to sell off a portion of EMI's publishing catalog is now down to four suitors. According to sources, those still in contention to buy the portfolio of songs -- dubbed the Rosetta catalog, which cont ...

  40. Russell Emmanuel: Taking It To Extremes

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Fourteen years ago, EMI production music chief Peter Cox summoned a punk rocker named Russell Emmanuel into his London office. Emmanuel had launched Extreme Music just a year earlier in 1997 and was the talk of London after he mailed out condoms ...

  41. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Denies Kobalt An Upset

    November 19, 2012 12:52 PM EST The third-quarter Publisher Airplay chart produced the most dramatic changes in the rankings since Billboard began its quarterly tracking of chart share for the top 100 songs in 2006. For the quarter, Sony/ATV Music Publishing was by far the to ...

  42. Morning Fix: Pandora & Clear Channel Join Forces; Taylor (& Kendrick's) Week; Rolling Stone's $20 Warm-Up Gig

    October 25, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT READY TO PAINT BILLBOARD 200 'RED,' KENDRICK LAMAR HEADING FOR NO. 2: Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales w ...

  43. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  44. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  45. Exclusive: Martin Bandier Names New Sony/ATV-EMI Executive Team

    July 10, 2012 5:59 PM EDT In the second week of its ownership stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV has begun integrating the EMI staff into the Sony/ATV structure. As part of that, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman & CEO Martin Bandier announced his executive team ...

  46. Spike Lee Preparing Michael Jackson Documentary to Coincide With 'Bad' 25th Anniversary

    July 10, 2012 2:02 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's Bad album. Lee calls it a "t ...

  47. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  48. Adele's '21' Passes Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' on UK's All-Time Best Selling Albums List

    May 03, 2012 2:14 PM EDT (Getty Images) The Official U.K. Charts Company announced today (May 3) that Adele's blockbuster "21" album has surpassed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in total U.K. sales. "21's" to-date U.K. sales now ...

  49. The Jacksons To Record New Music After Reunion Tour

    April 25, 2012 2:18 PM EDT Following their long-overdue Unity Tour running across the U.S. this summer, the Jacksons plan to return to the studio and work on their first studio album since 1989's 2300 Jackson Street , eldest brother Jackie Jackson tells Billboard. &quo ...

  50. Read: Sony/ATV Head Martin Bandier's Letter to Staff in Response to Layoff Reports

    April 18, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Late last night, the New York Times published an article, citing leaked documents, that stated if the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing -- which it did on Thursday - - it would cut 326 positions ...

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