Paul McCartney denies Michael Jackson Beatles rights rumor

Paul McCartney posted a message on his website denying rumors that he's upset Michael Jackson did not bequeath to him the rights to his Beatles songs. In a post on, the former member of the Fab Four wrote:

Some time ago, the media came up with the idea that Michael Jackson was going to leave his share in the Beatles songs to me in his will which was completely made up and something I didn’t believe for a second.

"Now the report is that I am devastated to find that he didn’t leave the songs to me. This is completely untrue. I had not thought for one minute that the original report was true and therefore, the report that I’m devastated is also totally false, so don’t believe everything you read folks!

In fact, though Michael and I drifted apart over the years, we never really fell out, and I have fond memories of our time together. 

At times like this, the press do tend to make things up, so occasionally, I feel the need to put the record straight.


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  • MJ_RIP

    …and this is just the beginning folks. It’s not over yet. There will be more lies, accusations, lawsuits, fights, etc… for years to come. And where will he be buried (cremated)? Will the will be contested? How will the concert promoters get paid (or paid back)? Will we see more of the 3 kids now? Is MJ really the father? Wj=ho is the mother? God, the list could go on and on. Will we ever know the truth??? Probably not.

  • Sally in Chicago

    Thank you Sir Paul. So glad for the internet and blogs so that the stars/celebs can tell us the truth vs. the flaboids. Everybody should check the story at the star’s website first.

  • Mary

    Paul McCartney has been, and always will be, a class act.

  • bob

    I love the beattles and think Michael should have shown some consideration and left the rights to Paul

    • Counterattact

      friends is friends, business is business, besides Beatles catalog has been tossed out for 3 times before Michael Jackson, sorry folks , as soon as Michael Jackson got the Northern Catalog including Elvis Presley songs , Paul McCartney and associates have been haunting Michael Jackson. Too bad Paul McCartney, you were not serious enough to be a businessman, okay.

  • bob

    I think that Michael should have shown some consideration and given the rights to these works to Paul

  • Tom

    Given the probable state of MJ’s finances, it is highly doubtful he would bequeath the Beatles’s song rights to PM even if he could–they’re just too valuable. But it is nice of PM to set the record straight.

  • Tom

    I think that he’s lying and bitter. He wants those Beatles songs back…they’re his babies. Why else would he start switching songwriting credits on his CDS (Yesterday (Live)- McCarthey – Lennon). MJ shoulda left that catalog to Sean Lennon…and Yoko :)

    • Claire

      yeah…he should have left it to Yoko and Sean. I never really liked Paul McCartney :))

  • mitch gaylord

    He made his deal with the “devil” and now he’s paying for it.

  • sara

    If McCartney isn’t bitter he definitely has every right to. Why should Jackson or his heirs profit from songs they had absolutely nothing to do with creating??

  • James

    I think McCartney is bitter, but has every right to be so, Jackson made money off of every Beatles record plus his own, (which is probably why McCartney is stiil in show-business)It is really unfair that McCartney will probably have to buy back the rights to his OWN songs, just more eccentic BS from Jackson that is really unfair.

  • lori

    just like mj bought the rights, Paul can buy them (he is rich as we heard about with his media driven public divorce blitz). all entertainment is about money. if i wrote i’d be mad as hell not to own my creativity, but we have known for a while now about record coming dealings, so artists better protect themselves no one else looking out for you.

  • Jen from South Jersey

    Even if Paul McCartney IS bitter, which we have no way of knowing (and we probably never will know, so speculation isn’t getting us anywhere), it’s still better that he portrays himself as being above all the nonsense either way. It would be disrespectful to MJ’s memory, no matter what you thought of MJ, for Paul to behave any differently.

  • sara

    disrespectful to MJ’s memory?? He knew very well that it killed both McCartney and Lennon’s heirs that Jackson (who again, had nothing to do with the creation of that music whatsover), had the rights and refused to sell them back. McCartney and Ono tried on many occasions. Jackson said not a chance. If he didn’t want his memory to be “disrespected” he shouldn’t have acted like such a selfish money grubbing jerk about it.

  • moby

    will we ever know the truth about his children? why is it your business? are you related to them or to Michael Jackson? And as for the rights to the Beatles songs, MJ owned them, so he deserved to make money from them, if McCartney or Ono wanted them, then why didn’t they buy them when they had the chance???

  • Gloria

    “Why should Jackson or his heirs profit from songs they had absolutely nothing to do with creating??”
    “I think McCartney is bitter, but has every right to be so,”
    WTH? Jackson had the sense to outbid Paul in the ’80s when the rights were going for a couple million dollars. McCartney could have spared the cash or gotten a loan if need be to acquire them if he’d wanted to, but he apparently didn’t want to. And even if he had, wouldn’t he be making money off John Lennon and George Harrison and Ringo Starr’s backs? He wasn’t the only one in the Beatles. The catalog also included other artists, so McCartney would have been making money off the backs of other Sony artists, too.
    Paul made a bad business decision and probably blamed it on MJ, but it wasn’t MJ’s fault. WTH is with these commenters? An auction is an auction, anyone has the right to bid. McCartney probably even had more money than Jackson at that time.

    • Claire

      agreed. 5 stars for your response.

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