Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC is an American music publishing company owned by Sony through Sony Entertainment. [1] The company was founded as a division of Associated Television (ATV) in 1955 by Lew Grade . In 1985, Michael Jackson acquired ATV Music Publishing for $47.5 million. Paul McCartney , who had told Jackson about the importance of owning publishing, admitted he felt somewhat undercut by the purchase, because ATV Music Publishing owned the publishing rights to most of The Beatles ' songs, although he did not enter the bidding when it came up for sale in 1984. [2] [3] [4]

Sony/ATV was founded as a subsidiary of the UK's Associated Television (ATV). ATV operated a commercial television company, broadcasting from 1955 in London (until 1968) and the English Midlands (until 1982) as part of the Independent Television (ITV) network.

The 1950s and 1960s were a good period for Grade and his brothers, Bernard Delfont and Leslie Grade , and their companies. Pye Records had major artists of the period under contract. The Searchers , The Kinks , Donovan , Mungo Jerry , and Petula Clark were some of the artists that recorded for Pye Records. Pye also had contracts with several US companies, allowing them to manufacture and distribute records in the UK. Chess Records was among those, and counted Chuck Berry as one of its top artists. [11]

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