Several financial firms are looking into purchasing Michael Jackson’s share of the Sony/ATV catalog. Among those interested are Colony Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Plainfield Asset Management and the media mogul Haim Saban, the New York Times reports. Jackson’s 50% stake in the publisher–which owns a majority of the Beatles copyrights–could be worth as much a $500 million, says the newspaper. Sony/ATV’s catalog includes songs by Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell, and is the publishing home to artists/writers Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Bill Anderson, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, and Eric Church, among many others.
Indie publisher Green Hills Music Group, headed by Woody Bomar, has scored numerous cuts and singles lately. It’s current singles are Bomshel’s “Fight Like A Girl,” and Jimmy Wayne’s “I’ll Be That.” The publisher, which represents music by Bonnie Baker, Rick Giles, J Fred Knobloch, Georgia Middleman, Paul Nelson, Bob Regan, and Steve Williams, also has two cuts on the upcoming George Strait album. Since opening two and a half years ago, Green Hills has secured 62 cuts by artists such as Jake Owen (2), Bomshel (5), Mark Chesnutt (2), Nashville rockers American Bang, and Luke Bryan.