When Macca fell out with Jacko over royalties

November 24th, 2007 - 3:58 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, November 24 (ANI): Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he once had an altercation with pop star Michael Jackson, when the latter refused to increase his royalty from The Beatles songs.

The former Beatle developed a close friendship with Jackson after recording a number of hit duets in the Eighties.

Jackson purchased The Beatles’ catalogue of songs Northern Songs in 1985.

However, his refusal to raise McCartneys royalty rates led to an argument between the two singers.

McCartney says that he later realised that he was financially well-off, and decided to bury the hatchet with Jackson.

“(Michael Jackson) was like a family friend. Bite to eat, hang out and all of that. We fell out once he got Northern Songs. I put it to him and said, ‘Look you are now historically placed to really give the Lennon/MCCartney writing duo their just desserts. They’ve been working for this company 30 years, they’ve never had a rise,’ Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

“I must have put it to him about three times. And I just never heard back. So it was like, ‘Oh, well fine, if you’ve not any comment on that, then I’m afraid I sort of become a disgruntled employee.’ It wouldn’t have needed much, it was just a kind of gesture of goodwill. So… I just changed my mindset, said, ‘You know what? I’m fine, I’ve got enough,” he added. (ANI)

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