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July 23rd, 2009
07:44 PM ET

Jackson’s executor, Sony discuss unreleased songs

[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."]

Brett Pulley
Bloomberg

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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  1. Mark Stoltz

    I wonder why Michael left Sony and all these songs suddenly appear...It makes one wonder how the funds that will be collected be distributed. I really agree that we all want to know where the money will go since Michael would want them to go partially to his kids but just as importantly his various charitable foundations. Before I would ever consider purchasing these songs....I want to know the facts.

    Thank you Anderson

    July 23, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Sounds like there could be several new albums by Jackson posthumously. I'm sure his fans would love them hopefully if his estate has more liabilities than assets the money from the albums once released will help educate his children after high school so they can do what they want to do.....higher education costs ever higher dollars these days.

    July 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  3. Teresa, OH

    While many of us would love to hear more MJ music, promoters of the music need to figure out a good way to market it. At this point, any customers would want to know how proceeds will be distributed before making a purchase.

    July 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm |