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Michael Jackson Estate Inks Record, Record Deal

3/15/2010 11:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonTMZ has confirmed the Michael Jackson estate has signed the biggest deal ever in music -- worth up to $250 million with a guarantee of $200 million.

The estate made the deal with Sony Music Entertainment. According to the Associated Press, the contract is for 10 projects over seven years.

One album will debut in November, which contains never-before released recordings. We're told Jackson left enough material for at least three albums of fresh material.

A source tells TMZ the royalty rate on foreign sales is the key to the deal -- and 2/3 of the sales of MJ records traditionally have been outside the U.S.

And we're told Sony gets a two-year extension for the right to distribute the Michael Jackson catalog -- to 2017.

The deal was brokered by John Branca and John McClain, executors of the MJ estate.

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1.

Chico    

Hey Mimi,

Yes, Michael left SONY in '02. And actually, MJ owns half of the catalog...so it really is both of theirs.

However, notice the monopoly that SONY has had on MJ's music since he died? Bought the rights to TII for $60 million, and get 10% of all sales, including DVD's.

Now Branca et al once again goes right back to SONY, and makes another huge deal with them. Now honestly, $200 million is a lot of money, but think of the money SONY will make!!

MJ didn't just have a problem with Mottola, he had a problem with SONY as well, and as you probably know, accused them of sabotaging his Invincible album, because MJ wanted to leave SONY. Nothing is right about a deal with a deceased MJ and SONY.

1581 days ago
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C'mon TMZ    

Oh ye$!!!! michael died and our ship has come in!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

1581 days ago

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