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Michael Jackson

Jackson´s record record deal

Record company Sony have signed a deal to release old and new songs by the late pop star Michael Jackson. The deal is worth about $250 million and is the biggest ever made for any artist, living or dead.

Reporter: Rajesh Mirchandani

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The deal with Michael Jackson's long-time record company Sony is worth up to a quarter of a billion dollars over seven years. It's the biggest ever and includes ten projects. Among them at least one album of entirely new songs Jackson recorded before he died.

Some old hits will be re-issued as well, perhaps re-mixed for a younger audience. And a DVD of his music videos is likely too.

It's a bonanza for fans but also a shrewd bet on his future bankability. Pop stars often earn money after they have died, but nothing on this scale. More than 30 million Michael Jackson albums have been sold since his death, making him one of the highest-earning artists of last year.

It means Michael Jackson's estate can look forward to huge earnings, benefitting his children, his mother and several charities.

It will also help to pay off some of the $400 million in debt the star left behind.

The contract dwarfs those for other stars. In recent years rap mogul Jay-Z signed a deal worth $150 million and Madonna for $120 million.

Rajesh Mirchandani, BBC, Los Angeles

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long-time record company la compañía que había publicado su música durante mucho tiempo

re-issuedre-lanzados

re-mixedre-editados

a bonanzauna gran abundancia

a shrewd bet una inversión inteligente

bankability habilidad de hacer dinero

estatesucesión

dwarfshace parecer pequeños (los contratos de otras estrellas)

mogulmagnate, una persona poderosa e importante