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Michael Jackson Buys Rights to Eminem's Catalog

By May 31, 2007

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I remember when Michael Jackson raised hell over Eminem's parody of the Gloved One the music clip for "Just Lose It." Em basically told Jacko to lighten up, it was all in good humor after all. Well, I wonder how the Slim Shady feels now that Michael Jackson owns the rights to two of his biggest hits: "Without Me" and "The Real Slim Shady."

Jackson, who owns a stake in The Beatles' catalog, recently acquired Famous Music LLC from Viacom. The new purchase grants him copyright access to the aforementioned Eminem songs, in addition to songs by Beck, Shakira, and Bjork.

"This is a milestone event for Sony/ATV Music Publishing," said Jackson in a statement. "The diverse collection of songs in this catalog range from timeless classics to contemporary hits, and I am pleased to add the acquisition of Famous Music to Sony/ ATV."

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May 31, 2007 at 12:05 pm
(1) Danny G says:

Three Questions:

1.) How does this effect Eminem?
2.) What’s in it for Micheal Jackson? Does he get future royalties?
3.) How does Micheal Jackson still have money? I realize he took in a ton of cash, but hasn’t he pissed it away on lawyers, hush money, and the elephant man’s bones?

May 31, 2007 at 12:14 pm
(2) bigjay says:

i dont think this effect eminem at all

May 31, 2007 at 12:14 pm
(3) Henry says:

Don’t believe everything you hear, Michael still has a steady stream of income. He just got paid $10 million (or so we’re told) just to show up at a party held by some rich prince.

As for how this affects Eminem, that depends on exactly how much of the catalog Mike invested in. I don’t know the specifics of the agreement.

May 31, 2007 at 1:55 pm
(4) Jon says:

I’m glad this is happening Eminem is a fool!

May 31, 2007 at 2:46 pm
(5) ATL4LIFE says:

You Supid Jon F**K You And If You got a problem with Eminem you are a B***H But Wait a second you are a B***H Already! I Ain’t Playing To This Is Serious. Peace To Eminem

May 31, 2007 at 2:51 pm
(6) Jeff says:

You Said ATL4LIFE.Ha! Ha! Jon Thats Why You Suck Michel Jackson’s BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 10, 2011 at 10:10 am
(7) Luis Gonzalez says:

You should really learn to Spell and F**k Eminem he’s a Idiot and a Disrespectful Bastard

May 31, 2007 at 6:14 pm
(8) lawson says:

alt4life and jeff you both are racist like eminem your father cant you see he is a fool am glad micheal is taking his music and taking his money thats good for him,i wonder why you worship a man who once said he raped his mother and pissed on the white house and berates someone who spent his entire life donating to the less prievielegde,so you better think twice before you both die in hatred.

June 1, 2007 at 6:12 pm
(9) Jeff says:

My Bad

June 2, 2007 at 8:36 am
(10) julie says:

Just a comment regarding Michael Jackson acquiring the rights to EMINEM’s music catalog. I’m not an EMINEM fan. Nor am I now a Michael Jackson fan. I WAS a fan years ago, before he changed in a major way!!

I seem to be the only female to comment so far, and I’m from Australia. I was just interested to see what others had posted on the subject.

I’d rather Michael Jackson not own rights to anyone’s catalog, but it’s a free market I suppose! I’m from the same generation as Jacko, so you can probably see why I’m not big on EMINEM.

I’m not personally into RAP, but each to their own. I was a bit disappointed at the faul language that has been left by previous commenters. It’s not that serious an issue! I’m also surprised that about.com allowed some of the language to be put up at all. Maybe this goes with Rap/Hip-Hop??

June 2, 2007 at 12:21 pm
(11) nick addison says:

owning the publishings rights to a song AFTER its initial release, is not that big of a deal,..usually. Say, after awhile, a greatests hits is put out, they mite make 25 cents an album. And of course u still make $$ off the intitial release, but the sales for that unit has slowed down. U can also sell a particular song to a company, say for a commercial. Thats sold in a one time lump sum of money. Believe it or not, the most money made off an album, was Paul McCartney, when he made $1.80 per unit for an album, Tug of War.Just think, if an album goes Platinum, and u sign for 25 cents a unit, thats 250 thousand dollars to the artist. But like I said, thats with the intial releases, and even 25 cents is on the high end.

June 2, 2007 at 12:22 pm
(12) Deb says:

Well it was for sale so he bought it so what? I mean if anyone buys anything for sale it is theirs for the price so we have not right to comment. He paid for it. He did not steal it. End of story. It belongs to him now! Whatever we think of the two personalities involved it is a deal that was made fairly.

June 2, 2007 at 2:11 pm
(13) dyson says:

Hey # 7 take a few English classes.

June 7, 2007 at 1:35 pm
(14) Filipe says:

“I wonder how the Slim Shady feels now that Michael Jackson owns the rights to two of his biggest hits: “Without Me” and “The Real Slim Shady.”"

He feels he is more talented tha Michael Jackson, for him buying Em’s songs and making money out of Em’s talent when he can’t make it out of his own (gone) talent.

June 9, 2007 at 8:44 am
(15) carol says:

i think mj is a money making genius!! and that’s good that he bought other people’s music, wonder why eminem couldn’t hold onto his own songs?? maybe he’s not as smart as a lot of people think? and also, all of you hating on michael like he’s never gonna make it back in music…saw how successful the beatle’s current ‘love’ album is doing on the charts?? and that there are constant sold out shows in vegas for the ‘love’ album songs?? he gets $$ from all of that! and that michael is laughing all the way to the bank?? remember, you don’t necessarily have to release your own album to still be a powerhouse in the music industry…and remember the beatle’s ’1′ cd with all those #1 songs?? that album sold 10mill. here in the u.s., so michael is doing ok and a lot better that some of you haters think…and to buy songs by eminem…maybe eminem is becoming broke considering that last wuss ‘re-up’ album didn’t do squat!! it didn’t even go to #1!! i give michael lots of props for buying eminem’s songs, wouldn’t surprise me if one day michael owned the entire eminem catalog. after all, at least michael was a straight A student and finished high school, eminem didn’t. that’s probably why he no longer owns 2 of his biggest songs…and will always pay michael first to perform it or use it for endorsements.

June 9, 2007 at 8:03 pm
(16) L-Dubz says:

Eminem one the best rappers no white rapper is better then him but this is stupid why is this cat buying stuff from Em and he was made fun of in the Just Lose It video lol Michael Jackson don’t got it all the lord needs to bless him please alright L-Dubz http://www.myspace.com/officialldubzpage

July 26, 2007 at 11:19 pm
(17) Raymond Stolp says:

I have quit YouTube and will be committing ritual suicide online.
The Rock Star life is just too much for me.
Here is my farewell video:


July 31, 2007 at 9:37 am
(18) Jose says:

Haaa Haaaa don’t mess with the King of Pop, A lesson for Eminem You must respect the elders of music, You Can’t mess with Michael Jackson or Madonna or Prince they are powerful in the industry.Thats wy Usher always talks well about Michael.Look at History McHammer once talked negative about Michael he’s broke now.Respect your Elders Eminem they are the Music.

December 30, 2007 at 5:15 am
(19) Hotsauce says:

as far as and1 is concerned i would rather have old mikey….eminem sucks 2 the core

August 26, 2008 at 12:16 am
(20) Katerina says:

LOL xD Eminem better watch it or he could pay more than his songs worth. Yes that’s right,respect your elders Eminem and why is everyone so hung up about Michael buying other artists songs? Paul McCartney does the same and I don’t see anyone bitch about that.Michael Jackson is smart and I respect him.

August 27, 2008 at 8:05 pm
(21) viresh says:

michael its a waste to buy them now,em has used his both songs “real slim shady” and “without me” to its core,he dosent need them now.oops michael made loss again.and for all who think em sucks.u”ll get about you soom by him

February 12, 2009 at 11:09 am
(22) The Trickster says:

Like people have already said, Em is done with those songs. If he wanted, he could easily explode with much better songs than those 2. But others are right too. MJ knows what he is doing. He is smart and his income is insane. But, i doubt Em stresses about it every day. So they both win.

February 13, 2009 at 9:06 am
(23) Kimi says:

Well, ya know … he f*cked with MJ, disrespected him when he had no need or right to, & now he’s paying for it … literally.
No less than MJ deserves

May 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm
(24) Jason says:

Hey Henry Adaso unless you can’t read his name is JACKSON not “Jacko”.

June 28, 2009 at 3:35 am
(25) Vrai says:

#4 and 9,
I wish you well. sorry for the comments by “san” who fails to see that a bitch is a beast who can’t write. Those who attack you out out blind loyality to a stanger/enterainer are the real ones on a leash.

June 28, 2009 at 3:43 am
(26) vrai says:

Publishing rights means one always gets paid when something is released or bought.
mj gets paid when certain songs of Em’s, Bjork and shakira’s are released. paid for someone else’s work.

Very smart, yet crooked.
Did mj buy this after the “just loose it” video, if so good comeback( objective statement)

Is he trying to profit off today’s successful artists instead of his own work?

June 28, 2009 at 3:52 am
(27) vrai says:

Em and his crew sample so much that they can’t get too huffy over this.

July 7, 2009 at 7:39 am
(28) josh says:

MJ couldnt see tht if he bought it then he is the part of the joke that Eminem made.
why would he bought it anyway? Is he embarrassed? If he’s like everyone says that MJ is bigger than Em then e shouldnt b embarrassed by a joke that sumone make whos smaller than him.
dignity my man!

July 13, 2009 at 2:03 am
(29) Fuu says:

Well, I don’t why so drama about MJ buying Em catalog, is not the first catalog he has bought…
About Em parody, is not the first time he makes fun about another artist, but I’m afraid that making that video when MJ is having legal problems about it is really cruel
(Sorry for the english, is not my natal language and am still learning)

July 13, 2009 at 3:49 am
(30) kimmi says:

ha ha eminem…you are a kid in the royalties game…MJ laughed right to the bank off of your talent…

July 14, 2009 at 7:59 pm
(31) bank says:

mj was just showing eminem who owns. he probably didn’t even care for the songs. just bought them because he could, and laughing all the way to the bank while at it.

July 29, 2009 at 8:19 am
(32) DN says:

Eminem does not know how to respect fellow artists. No true artist will behave the way he does. He will not last too long in the show business with an attitude like his.

July 31, 2009 at 2:54 am
(33) Drina says:

Eminem most likely never would have owned the rights to those songs anyway. Most artists don’t own the rights to their own music, especially not from the earlier parts of their careers. The record companies do. Where an artist receives royalties from album and single sales (and maybe usage, but I’m not sure about that), the entity that owns the “masters” or rights to a song gets an even bigger share of album sales and a bigger share anytime the song is used in a movie, tv show or commercial, played on the radio, or sampled for another song.

Eminem has always been stuck in the same mode as the “angry white rapper.” The schtick is old. He needs to grow up. Now Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are helping him stay in the spotlight… I guess he’ll ride that horse until it’s dead.

August 8, 2009 at 10:19 am
(34) Eric says:

Let me say that I am in a sweet spot. I was young when MJ was at his peak and I’m not old during Eminem’s run. MJ was 10 times more talented and 10 times more famous around the world. He dropped more money on the ground than eminem will ever make. MJs investment in the Beatles catalog – cost was $45 million, is worth $Billion. The fact that eminem is a respected “artist” tells you how far we’ve fallen as a people.

September 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(35) Disgusted says:

Would any black celeb be able to get away with what Eminem did (… “who once said he raped his mother and pissed on the white house …”)?

Absolutely NOT.

November 18, 2009 at 6:15 am
(36) Jesssica says:

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March 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(37) james says:

Drina. # 32

Sorry but I have to burst your bubble.

Eminem is the best selling artist of the decade, and the best selling rap artist. So the whole “keeping him in the spotlight” is irrelevant. He’s been in the spotlight for going on 11 years. He will remain in the spotlight. He even had one of the best selling albums of 2009, and he has another one on the way. People(Mainly women) constantly complain about him, being offensive, having offensive lyrics, etc. But when it boils down to it, there is many many more artist that are far more offensive. At the end of the day, you pretty much need to just take the stick out of your ass and come to the realization that IT’S ONLY MUSIC. If you don’t like it, shut the hell up and not listen to it, it is that simple. You’re probably a Mariah Carey fan anways, The Warning is an awesome track that bitch deserved it, honestly.

Anyways Eminem is probably glad that someone as famous as MJ would want to purchase his songs.

April 12, 2010 at 11:34 pm
(38) Batman says:

@ 34:
that’s a little racist, isn’t it?
Besides if you have ever listened to rap you have probably heard some black artist say something about as offensive as that, and there is no problem
•besides as someone already mentioned both OJ and mj got away with horrible crimes
• on the other hand, I mean when we look at the real world and not just your ignorant little imaginary world with not very well thought through arguments, when someone says something racist against white people in a song, which happens all the time in rap ( that’s much of the reason I stopped listening to it) it’s not that big a deal it seems like, but when it goes the other way it’s a big deal
now Im not talking pro- racism, but I want less racism towards white people ( it’s gotten way better though)
Eminem is awesome, Michael Jackson was kinda gay.

July 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(39) Das says:

For those who bash MJ. He did what 99% of artist don’t do, own his own music. This is why Sony tried to sabotage him after Invincible was realeased. Some even believe that Sony was behind the negative media. They were trying to muscle him out of his catalogue, and that didn’t work, because Tommy Mattola might have bullied the likes of Mariah Carey, but he found out that he could not bully Michael Jackson.

July 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(40) Das says:

Batman, if you followed MJ’s trial like I did, you would realze that the trial was a joke and the prosecution’s case was a joke. Watch Inside the Michael Jackson trial on youtube. You’ll see that it was a pretty easy defense.

November 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(41) Ian says:

Looks like MJ didn’t take Eminem’s advice of “lightening up.” He must not know the way Eminem does things. If he’s listened to any of Eminem’s tracks (like the ones he bought), he’d know that he wasn’t really targeting MJ, but just any famous person who pisses him off. I’m not necessarily condoning it, but that’s just the way it is.

March 12, 2011 at 10:57 am
(42) abhinav says:

hey get this thing straight firstly eminem should learn some respect………………i mean that ……you know about the song just lose it………..and i just thought that eminem had gone nuts……..ok but insulting a great artist like michael jackson …….!is not a good thing to do……..and why would that bloody f**kin eminem would insult the greatest artist of all time and its just a disrespectfull thing and i mean that owning the rights to eminems songs by michael jackson would surely hurt eminem a lot after all and michael is the money makin genius……….. i mean eminem deserves it………just think how bad and disrespectfull it would be feeling for michael to the songs official music video

March 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm
(43) marshall says:

The songs can never be used or recreated in anyway without Michael’s concent now. Michael was doing as he said good business plain and simple.

May 23, 2011 at 5:23 am
(44) just another person u don't know says:

Doesn’t MJ owning someone else’s songs (especially the beetles and Elvis’s) show that Mj us powerful? That he is a gOod buissness man? Michaels Neverland Ranch earns 2.5 billion dollars each year. MJ is rolling in money. It shows Michaels skills.

To Julie;
So what if he changed what he looked like. So many other People do that, but oh no, this is Michael Jackson so everyone pick on Michael Jackson. He is not made of bricks, he is human and has human rights. If ur a fan, u stick by them no matter what. Jacko is not his name. It’s Jackson u uneducated fool! Would u like it if someone called u stoopid or something like that. U are an older person and y’all momma still didn’t teach u to respect. Ur a disgrace so just shut up ok.

Eminimen is a talentless rapper who screams into the microphone cause no one wants to listen. He’s a jerk for making fun of someone he don’t know so I hope he burns in hell. MJ is a true legend, and buying ownershiP of other peoples songs shows power. So suck it.

June 8, 2011 at 7:26 am
(45) sri says:

Absolutely correct ..Thank you so much for your reply regarding our God of Music & dance (MJ)

‘ we never forget mj’

August 8, 2011 at 3:17 am
(46) Unknown Neighbor says:

Did Jackson read the lyrics of Just Lose It.The lyrics say “This is not a stab at Micheal”.

August 29, 2011 at 4:07 am
(47) Driven says:

U know I dont see the big deal yeah the incedent happen MJ spoke how he felt and em apologized MJ buys 2 songs and then before death wanted to work with EM… So why are all u people flippin out over this still seriously was Em the first person to do it? No. Did MJ take a shot at Tabloids for what they said about him? Yes. On another level after Em’s video no one really cared or make jokes as much eminem basically said what millions of people have said. I have enjoyed both artist MJ was a caring man and genius artist of POP!! But on the other hand Eminem has dealt with some thing people cant even dream about and made it out a genius artist of RAP!! So they have both exspressed their veiws in different ways.

September 9, 2012 at 8:06 am
(48) AQ says:

#37. Michael sold 24 million records from 2001-2009 through only two albums: Invincible (14,000,000) and Thriller 25 (10,000,000), whereas Eminem sold 64 million records through 6 albums. Considering the lack of promotion and the drawbacks for MJ in the 20th Century, Michael Jackson has comparitively sold more albums. About the topic, Eminem was disrespectful, and he didnt even apologize for it. So, it was only natural for MJ to react.

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