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Thomas Scherer, Nikki Sixx and Michael Kachko of BMG.

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Taxes, IP Value and Artist Estate Planning Drive Increase in High-Dollar Catalog Deals

It was the music catalog sale heard ‘round the world: In August 1985, Michael Jackson purchased ATV Music Publishing for $47.5 million, giving him the rights to 4,000 songs, including the Paul McCartney-John Lennon’s catalog, alienating collaborator and friend McCartney in the process.

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