BMI Mourns The Loss of its Icon and Longtime Songwriter MICHAEL JACKSON

June 26, 2009 – NEW YORK – Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) mourns the loss of its BMI Icon and longtime songwriter and publisher Michael Jackson. BMI has set up a section on its homepage – www.bmi.com – for some of its most performed songwriters to comment on Michael and his legacy. Included in the site are comments from BMI Icon and legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown) and R. Kelly. Reflections from other leading songwriters will be added throughout the day.

BMI Statement on Michael Jackson:
“BMI mourns the passing of Michael Jackson. A BMI Icon, he was one of the greatest entertainers of our era. His songwriting skills, composing both music and lyrics, were as influential as his singing, dancing, personal style and humanitarianism. In an era in which most songs are composed by teams, Michael was the sole composer of dozens of songs that endeared him to audiences around the world. A BMI songwriter since 1976, his catalog contains more than 150 songs, more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status on American radio and television. Our hearts are with his family, especially his children, at this sad time. He will be missed by millions, but we can be comforted that he will live on, young and vibrant, in his music and videos.”
- Del Bryant, President & CEO, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI reported $901 million for its 2008 fiscal year in performing right collections. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.


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