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July 9, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Michael Jackson estate haggling won’t stop Beatles Rock Band

In case you had concerns, the upcoming “Beatles Rock Band” video game won’t be delayed by the sorting out of Michael Jackson’s estate.

Game publisher Harmonix told IGN the game will still be released as planned on Sept. 9. “Beatles Rock Band” is the one Microsoft promoted at the E3 conference last month by including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s widow in its press conference.

Cash flow may have been one of Jackson’s recent issues, but his brilliant 1985 purchase of most of the Beatles music catalog gave him an asset now worth around $1 billion, according to this Reuters story which contributed to the IGN story which was nabbed by Joystiq.

Jackson sold half ownership of the catalog to Sony but probably would have made a bundle on the Beatles resurgence the game will bring this fall. I wonder why Sony didn’t use its stake to get some sort of PS3 exclusive.

Comments | Topics: beatles rock band, E3, Games & entertainment

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