2013 – Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson on This Day in Rock Music History!
30 years ago, Michael Jackson outbid secretly at auction Paul McCartney on his own songs from the Beatles Era. This, after Sir Paul had shown Jackson how to purchase song rights in this way. However, the 1976 US Copyright Act means that he is set to re-claim these titles once more in five years.
‘Paul’s been fuming for decades. It’s as much personal as business,’ a source told British newspaper The Sun. ‘Now he’ll get back what’s rightfully his.’
Apparently tunes penned prior to 1978 turn into the property of the songwriter after 56 years, Paul will soon start to collect royalties and licensing money each year for most of the band’s famous hits by 2026.
In 1978 Michael Jackson paid around 31 million dollars along with Sony Records to outbid Sir Paul on these great beatles tunes. Suffice it to say, Paul’s relationship with Michael Ended after a healthy collaboration on ‘Say, Say, Say!”
Paul Loves performing these songs but had this to say:
“It’s scary, because sometimes I suddenly wake up in the middle of a show and think, ‘Concentrate man! Come on, you’ve got an audience here!’,” he laughed to Q magazine.
“It’s like time travel. Singing Eleanor Rigby and thinking, ‘Keeping her face in a jar by the door,’ that’s a pretty cool turn of phrase,’ he admitted.
The Beatles have spawned numerous tributes to their music with Bands Like: “Hey Jude”, “The Sun Kings”, and