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EUR Looks Back: When Michael Jackson Went Shrewd on Paul McCartney (Video)



"Say, Say, Say" was a hit for Michael Jackson when h  and Paul McCartney recorded it in 1983.

“Say, Say, Say” was a hit for Michael Jackson when he and Paul McCartney recorded it in 1983.

*Ah…the things that can spoil a friendship.

Michael Jackson continues to be on the minds of many. Not only did we remember the King of Pop on August 29, on what would have been his 57th birthday; but we think of him whenever we hear news about his children, Prince (18), Paris (17), and Bigi (formerly called Blanket, now 13) Jackson. And probably go even farther as we wonder, “how would Michael feel about that?”

Truth is, we never stopped thinking about Michael. But that’s a story for another day.

What we remember here though, is the day he bested a Beatle. It’s a saga of a deal that will be told for generations to come.

Jackson always had a secret side-eye for big-wigs who thought he was just so busy singin’ and dancin’ that he gave little to no thought or attention to the money being brought in as a result. He would even speak on this years later in a rare calling out of Sony (who he called “racist”) and its head honcho, Tommy Motolla, who he referred to as a “devil.”

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson looked like school chums in this photo

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson looked like school chums in this photo

Jackson’s characteristic soft voice, nervous chuckle, and childlike naivete always through people off. For some reason, many made the dreadful mistake of misjudging him because of it.

But the shrewdest of businessmen, such as one Michael Jackson, have managed to use what could be seen as a character “flaws” that has cost some their man-card, to great benefit.

And Paul McCartney made the misjudgment mistake. While the two were sitting around kickin’ it and talking about music he decided to school Jackson on the “business of music” but never considered his student’s abilities to actually apply what he was being taught.

In the 1989 video, while the wounds of the purchase of the Beatles catalog by Jackson are still painfully deep in McCartney’s veins, the Beatle even mimics how Jackson used that sweet little voice to tell him:

“I’m gonna get your songs.”

And  how he just laughed in response.

As you know, he would later learn that the joke was on him. Jackson acquired the Beatles music catalog…and his wealth, as a result, skyrocketed!

The video below is a great one at 3 minutes and change. Afterwards, scroll down to watch Jackson & McCartney in the fun music video “Say, Say, Say” co-written by both artists and released in 1983. And then, scroll down even more to read an article that gives great historic background on the deal that ruined a great friendship.

Here’s the video where Paul McCartney tells how disappointed he was when Michael Jackson bought the Beatles music catalog.

Watch the “Say, Say, Say” video with Jackson and McCartney directly below.

Revisit the incredible saga of Jackson and McCartney’s friendship and how it turned sour in this article on Yahoo Music here.

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  1. leedianakh

    September 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Zack Greenburg tells a different story based on research in his book, Michael Jackson, Inc., about Michael as a businessman. Think about it: There were four Beatles and it would have been uncomfortable for one of them to own the catalog. Also, Paul could have bid on it if he wanted to.

    • Brainuser1

      September 7, 2015 at 11:02 am

      @leedianakh: “One of them” didn’t “own” the catalog. Sony did. Paul McCartney was just the most vocal about what he thought was “back-stabbing, because of his friendship with Michael Jackson and the conversation they had about business. I, too, wonder why McCartney (or any of the other Beatles) did not bid. It is the details behind this mystery that only Paul can reveal now. It may have been logistically-based. Michael’s people may have had a jump on the bid and acted on it before it went public or something.

      • C. A. Price

        September 8, 2015 at 1:07 am

        George Harrison and Ringo Starr did not want to make a bid…they were satisfied with the current salary from whoever owns it..

  2. C. A. Price

    September 8, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono Lennon made a bid of 40 million and Michael Jackson made 47 million and the auction stopped it and accepted Michael Jackson’s bid…John Lennon wanted to make a bid, he was gear up it but he was murdered 1980…could not…Michael Jackson or whoever owns the Beatles catalog must pay the Beatles their current salary…it is 1968 contract is all Michael Jackson bought as well. George Harrison and Ringo Starr were satisfied with their salaries then to own it….if Paul and Yoko were to own they would be over Billion in British currency…over to almost a Trillion.

  3. C. A. Price

    September 8, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Michael Jackson does not own any the ex-Beatles solo career music.

  4. C. A. Price

    September 8, 2015 at 1:00 am

    If John Lennon was not murdered, He and Paul would have worked together to make a bid for auction of their music…John Lennon’s net worth was $700 million in 1980…it could have been much higher in worth in 1984 when it was on the block by Sir Lew Grade who bought the Beatles Music in 1968…he had to pay the Beatles their salary…he put the Beatles contract and Beatles catalog on auction..he wanted to maximum bid..this is what he ordered the auctioneer to do.

  5. C. A. Price

    September 8, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Whoever owns the Beatles Catalog can control who can sing their songs…still have to pay the Beatles who are living and to the widows who are living the Beatles salary…this is why Yoko Ono Lennon was interested making a bid…it was joint bid between her and Paul McCartney.. ifthey had it….they can say no one can sing their songs without their permission and their own contract laws

  6. C. A. Price

    September 8, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Michael Jackson does not own Say Say Say…he own his part of the song…not Paul McCartney own his part of the song…it is still 50/50.

  7. leedianakh

    September 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

    According to Greenburg, Yoko was pleased to have Michael Jackson take ownership. Here’s the story as it was reported in Forbes:

  8. Pamela Gilpin

    September 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

    MJ did not stab him in the back. He just outbid him. IMO it is somehow wrong to have to bid on your own music but he has no right to whine. Michael bought his own music and since he could well afford it, Paul could have bought ATV. I am a MJ fan but on the other hand, I get sick of hearing fans and Karen Faye complaining because Jeep is using a MJ song for a commercial like it is such a cruel and horrible thing. Mike was a businessman who would understand. He bought Beatles music and used it for commercials. So what’s the difference?

  9. Brainuser1

    September 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    @EVERYBODY…Loved all of the comments and also learned a lot! THANK YOU!

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Check Out Trailer for TRIAL 4 | A Netflix Original Documentary Series / WATCH



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*The eight-episode docuseries TRIAL 4 delves into the story of Sean Ellis, a man who served 22 years in prison after being found guilty of killing Boston Police Detective John Mulligan in 1993.

Though law enforcement presented evidence linking Ellis to the murder, further investigation revealed corrupt police officers, questionable witnesses and enormous pressure within the department to solve the case.

Ellis’s story, while devastating, sheds light on timely issues of systemic racism, police corruption and criminal justice reform while offering hope that, ultimately, people have the power to change the system.

Directed by Rémy Burkel (Sin City Law) and executive produced by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murder on a Sunday Morning, The Staircase).

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Release Date: Nov 11, 2020

Directed By: Remy Burkel

Executive Producers: Matthieu Belghiti, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

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Common Announces New Project Out Oct 30, New Track Used in Michelle Obama Initiative



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*Today, Common announces the release of his new project, A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1, out Friday, October 30, through Loma Vista Recordings.

This instant hip hop classic and call to action from the modern-day renaissance man – a GRAMMY-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning artist, activist, actor, and two time New York Times Bestselling author – features seven new songs and two new interludes that catch Common at a new prime in his career. With a core band that includes Robert Glasper (keys), Karriem Riggins (drums), Burniss Travis (bass), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), and PJ (vocals), plus features from Black Thought and Lenny Kravitz, A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 is music meant to “uplift, heal, and inspire listeners dealing with racial injustices as well as other social injustices,” says Common.

He continues: A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 is affirmation. It’s recognition. It’s elevation. It’s music to go with a movement. Because the truth is, there is still so much work to do. Regardless of the outcome of the election, we need to make sure things do not return to the status quo. The intention of the music is to channel all of our pain and outrage into something productive, inspirational, and good. It’s to help lead a movement into our next phase of the work to be done.”

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Our first taste of the project comes with the new single “Say Peace.” This shape-shifting sonic shuffle finds Common trading bars with Black Thought and PJ, as the music mirrors the illusory search for peace that we all pursue. On the new song, Common simply says: “I found my peace, my peace through making these albums.”

Common will perform the new single, joined by Black Thought and PJ, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 4th, the night after the U.S. presidential election.

As part of Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” initiative, Michelle is currently featuring another track from the forthcoming Common project – “A Place In This World.” Check out the special shoutout from the former First Lady here:

A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1’s cover art is based on photography by Ghanaian photographer and artist Derrick Boateng. The collection will be accompanied by a full-length listening film directed by Mark Leibowitz and featuring Common’s full band performing in colorful, vibrant environments inspired by Boateng’s photographs.

To celebrate his new project, on Friday, October 30, Common will be hosting an album listening experience on his Youtube channel. Stay tuned for more details:

Common performed tracks from A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 last weekend as part of Afropunk’s virtual festival Planet Afropunk 2020. Stay tuned for more from Common throughout the rest of 2020.

A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 Tracklist:



Say Peace (feat. Black Thought)

What Do You Say (Move It Baby)


A Place In This World

A Riot In My Mind (feat. Lenny Kravitz)

Don’t Forget Who You Are


Common is the modern renaissance man — a GRAMMY-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning artist, activist, actor, and two time New York Times Bestselling author. A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 follows his “exquisite” (People) 2019 album, Let Love, which Stereogum called “one of his most personal, raw collections.”

More Praise For Common and Let Love

“Fluid, deceptively intricate…[Common] has never been more open.” — AllMusic

“The universally recognized master lyricist is back…A very personal exploration of Common’s relationship with love.” — KCRW

“Meticulous storytelling… Common approaches the ideas of light and hope with a more realistic outlook, producing a record that effectively touches every listener.”— Hypebeast

“Sonically, the album is a time capsule of the greatest moments in black music history. Lyrically, it’s hard-hitting reality about the present day…a captivating tale about using love as a weapon to overcome.” — Exclaim

“It couldn’t be more timely.” — The Independent UK


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Omarosa Joins ‘The Special Report with Areva Martin’ – Talks Trump & Failing Marriage / WATCH



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*On Wednesday, October 28th, former White House Advisor and reality star of The Apprentice, Omarosa Manigualt Newman joined the digital tri-weekly talk show The Special Report with Areva Martin and continued her spree of brazenly candid and eye-opening remarks from her tenure as one of President Donald Trump’s White House Advisors.

Following her latest claims on the British morning talk show “Lorraine,” where she said First Lady Melania Trump is “repulsed” by the President, Omarosa’s latest claim is that POTUS and FLOTUS may be heading towards divorce following the end of their term.

“I certainly believe that they are on the verge of divorce based on episodes that I witnessed with own eyes, and seeing some of their fights while I was in both of their presences. But I also think that she’s repulsed by him and she can’t wait until their out of office so she doesn’t have to deal with him ever again.”

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Areva Martin, a civil rights attorney and political correspondent for CNN, went on to ask Omarosa for her thoughts on Trump’s storming out of his 60 Minutes interview, his alleged use of the N-word while filming The Apprentice, and Trump’s repeated verbal name calling and attacks of black women.

Check out the interview via the Facebook player at top of page.




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