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McCartney on those Jacko will rumours

By | Published on Wednesday 8 July 2009

Now, I’ve been wondering about this too, so I’m glad Paul McCartney has addressed the issue. Those with good memories will remember at the start of the year there were reports that Michael Jackson, having reportedly been at death’s door over Christmas, had written a new will leaving his share of the Beatles catalogue (via his half ownership of Sony/ATV) to Macca.

Pop legend has it, of course, that McCartney was mightly pissed off when Jackson, having been advised by the former Beatle to invest his millions into music publishing, then outbid him for ATV Songs, which included all the Lennon/McCartney classics. After death, the rumours went, Jackson would make amends for that.

It was always a bit of a dubious story, given that we all knew Jackson’s multi-million dollar debts were all secured on his Sony/ATV stake. And now the king of pop really is dead, we know that his most recent will dated from 2001. Anyway, given the confirmation that those rumours were not true, there have been new rumours in the last few days that McCartney is now pissed off because he was expecting a cut of ATV from the dead Jacko and now isn’t going to get it.

Anyway, McCartney has responded to both rumours. Undercover quote him thus: “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!”

He concluded: “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”.