Michael Jackson‘s estate has renewed a partnership with BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) that dates back to the Carter administration. The performing rights organization announced on Tuesday that it will continue licensing the King of Pop’s songwriting catalog for public performance, renewing a pact first signed in 1979 and last refreshed in 2014.
“Michael first signed with BMI in the nascent stage of his solo career and BMI has never wavered in its commitment to his extraordinary talent,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Jackson estate. “This is a significant agreement, commensurate with the robust growth of interest in his music and his enduring contribution to the culture.”
Jackson spent most of his 50 years making music, first with the Jackson 5 and later in a solo career that spawned huge self-penned hits including “Rock With You,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Beat It,” “Bad” and “Black or White.” He also co-wrote the 1985 charity anthem “We Are the World.”
According to BMI, 17 of Jackson’s songs have exceeded over one million plays on radio, with some exceeding five million spins.
“The influence of Michael Jackson’s revolutionary music is undeniable,” said Mike O’Neill, president & CEO, BMI. “We are extremely pleased that his estate continues to entrust BMI to represent his extraordinary catalog.”