Sony Buys Michael Jackson’s Remaining Stake in EMI Music Publishing for Full Ownership

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Sony Music released their Q1 earnings today, which revealed its acquisition of the Michael Jackson estate’s 21.5% share of EMI Music Publishing, leading to full ownership of the company.

Sony paid $287.5 million for the remaining share of EMI, Billboard reports.


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This is a step in the right direction for Sony CEO and president Kenichiro Yoshida, who said this year that he would like the company to play a bigger part in the global music business.

Other points of note in Sony Music’s Q1 earnings include a 30% bump in streaming revenues, a 30% decrease in physical product sales, and an 8% improvement in total revenue, likely due to visual media and platform sales. Camila Cabello, Pink, Calvin Harris, and Dave Matthews Band were some of Sony’s top performers of the quarter.



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