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Michael Jackson to leave his share of Beatles catalog to Paul McCartney in his will

MICHAEL JACKSON will bid to end his long feud with music legend SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY by leaving him the BEATLES back catalogue in his will, according to reports. The former pals fell out in 1985 when Jackson beat MCCartney and John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, in the race to snap up the rights to 200 of the Fab Four’s hits. They collaborated on 1982 single The Girl is Mine, but have barely spoken since, with MCCartney feeling he was betrayed by his friend. The 66-year-old explained his frustration in a past interview, saying, “You know what doesn’t feel very good, is going on tour and paying to sing all my songs. Every time I sing Hey Jude. I’ve got to pay someone”. Since the purchase, Jackson merged the catalogue with music giants Sony, and created SonyATV, of which he holds a 50 per cent share. And sources claim Jackson wants to leave his stake to MCCartney or his children when he dies. An insider tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, “Michael told his lawyers he was sad he no longer talks to Sir Paul and said he wanted to make things right.”Over Christmas (08), the 50-year-old Thriller hitmaker was forced to deny rumours he is suffering from a deadly lung condition. Jackson biographer Ian Halperin claims the star is battling emphysema, genetic illness Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1AD) and is also losing the vision in his left eye. But Jackson’s publicist has hit back insisting, “Concerning this author’s allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorised ‘biography.’ “The writer’s wild allegations concerning Mr Jackson’s health are a total fabrication. Mr. Jackson is in fine health, and finalising negotiations with a major entertainment company and television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances.
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