Sony Comments on the Passing of Michael Jackson



    NEW YORK, June 26 /CNW/ -- Michael Jackson, one of the most widely
beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an
indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

    Commenting on his passing, Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and
President, Sony Corporation, said: "Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour
for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity
of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We
have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body
of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family
and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."

    Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, said: "Michael
Jackson's unsurpassed artistry and beloved music brought joy to every corner
of the world. We join today with his millions of fans in expressing our
profound sadness and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved
ones. It was a true privilege for all of us in the Sony Music family to work
with one of the most talented superstars in the history of music. We will miss
him greatly."

    Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said:
"Michael was the kind of amazing talent that comes along once in a lifetime.
He was an incredible recording artist, an insightful businessman, an unmatched
performer, and a true icon. To all of us at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, he was
also a trusted and passionate partner, who was very proud of our
accomplishments. He will be dearly missed. We wish his children and entire
family our deepest condolences."

    Five of Jackson's solo albums - "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad,"
"Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records, a Sony Music label - are
among the top-sellers of all time. During his extraordinary career, he sold an
estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No. 1 singles and became
one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most
Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album
of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music
Award's Artist of the Century Award.

    Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his
brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art
form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat
It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired
subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.
    


    




For further information:

For further information: Sandy Genelius of Sony Corporation of America,
+1-212-833-6975; Liz Young of Sony Music Entertainment, +1-212-833-8558; Jimmy
Asci, Sony/ATV Music Publishing +1-212-833-4513

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