[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/16/jackson.music.unreleased/art.new.jackson.music.gi.jpg" caption="Michael Jackson recorded at least 100 unreleased songs."]
Michael Jackson’s executors are in talks with Sony Corp. to determine the ownership of about 100 unreleased songs and how they can be marketed.
The tracks are leftovers from the albums Jackson recorded for Sony, according to Rob Wiesenthal, chief financial officer of the Tokyo-based company’s U.S. operations. Most are owned by the late singer’s estate or Sony, he said.
“It will get worked out,” Wiesenthal said yesterday in an interview at a media conference in Pasadena, California, sponsored by Fortune magazine. “It will take time.”
Wiesenthal said he met yesterday with John McClain, a former music executive and friend and manager of the late singer, who died on June 25 in Los Angeles. McClain, who once headed urban music at DreamWorks, was named co-executor of the singer’s estate. The other, John Branca, was Jackson’s lawyer for much of the artist’s solo career.
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