NEW YORK, (CelebrityAccess) — Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson have agreed to a extend their long-standing deal to administer Jackson's record catalog in a long term recording agreement.
The renewed agreement also contains provisions that will allow Sony to partner on additional projects that the Estate may produce during the term of the agreement.
Sony and EMJ have also partnered in the production of a pair of documentaries directed by Spike Lee: Bad 25 and Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall.
Rob Stringer, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment comments, "Michael Jackson was an unsurpassed genius and an iconic force in music entertainment. The music—and videos—he made as an artist as part of the Sony Music family are essential to pop culture history. We're proud to be part of that history, and to find new innovative ways to make Michael's music available to future generations of fans."
John Branca and John McClain commented, "We couldn't ask for more creative and innovative partners than Sony and Rob Stringer (whose history working personally with Michael goes back to the 1990s). Michael continues to inspire generations of artists who have come after him and attract new fans who understand that his music and message are more important than ever. We look forward to continuing to preserve and develop his remarkable musical legacy with Sony."
To date, Michael Jackson's catalog has achieved 40 RIAA certifications and 40 #1 chart positions and 102 Top 5 chart positions with his overall worldwide record sales topping the 1 billion threshold including over 100 million sales of "Thriller" which remains the biggest selling album in history.