Anka Promised 50 Per Cent Of This Is It Royalties

Legendary singer/songwriter PAUL ANKA will reap half the profits from MICHAEL JACKSON's first posthumous single THIS IS IT - after the King of Pop's estate conceded he co-wrote the track.
Anka spoke out against Sony's decision to use the song, which he co-wrote with Jackson back in 1983, following the track's midnight release on Monday (12Oct09).
This Is It is a rehash of Anka's song I Never Heard, and the late star's administrators quickly confirmed it is part owned by Anka.
A rep for the estate said, "We acknowledge that Michael and Paul wrote this song together."
According to the New York Daily News, Jackson's administrators approached Anka's lawyers to offer him 50 per cent of the single's revenue after he threatened the estate with legal action.


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I wouldn't give him a dime of the procedes. He is already getting money from his version of the song that he did in 1991 that singer Safire sang. So Michael should have all the rights to his version that he did. You didn't see Michael sue Anka over the Anka's version of the song which he so deserves from Anka's version in 1991 so he should have let it be the way it was. He had to have known that Michael would use the song he did help create the song and had every right to use it seeings Anka used a version of it in 1991.It's not fair that he pulls this s**t after Michael is gone and can't fight about the fact that Anka already gets Royalties from his own version of the song. Why should he get double Royalties? If that is the case then where are Michael's Royalties from the version of the song that Anka released back in 1991? It is only fair that Michael gets Royalties from him on that song as well.
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Kim -I am glad you are so up-to-date on this subject and I hope that the administrators of MJ's estate notice your comment. Why shouldn't his estate receive retroactive royalties on Anka's previous release? It breaks my heart that he's gone and still THE GREED JUST DOESN'T STOP. I am ashamed to say I've enjoyed Paul Anka's music . . . I hope someone who knows him reads this because I just threw his records in the trash.
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KIM is it just me are is it really something wrong with this picture, the estate administrators seen to want to offer money everywhere and dont it seem that they keep getting these people with big number out of the blue i lived in california for 27 years the hair dresser is out of compton and i dont know about you famous or not you pay as you get laid before you exit you pay I MEAN really anyway it upsets me so mad to know that the administrator would even fight a family member let alone the woman michael adored loved the ground she walked on refuse her a sit at the table to hear waht is going on behind closed door in which this is her flesh and blood without Katherine Jackson there would have been Michael Jackson i would offered a sit i would have already have paperwork deals,information, everyrthing copied and ready to give to her from day one not refuse her a sit that has very troubled and worried that something aint right to the 15 mins dried up fame grabber Anka you would have got your do on the album but did michael cry when you made your version should the attorneys go after you for roylity why are they giving in to you so easy cause it is not right what's good for one aint good for the other wow i am puzzledmichael is due his from your earnings from the song to or is it you are not making any well my blood pressure is up and you mr.Anka gave me a headache do you have sold out shows in vegas ???? i know an artist from vegas he is lodging on a woman to pay his way wow big stargod bless the jackson and thanks KIM
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