By tying up the Jackson Estate deal, Sony becomes the third major to take full global control of a publishing company after Warner Music Group (Warner/Chappell) and Universal Music Group (Universal Music Publishing Group).

As reported on MBW last week, Sony/ATV is already by far the biggest publisher in the world in terms of the volume of copyrights it controls.

Across both its own repertoire and its administration of the catalogue of EMI Music Publishing, Sony manages over 4.2m songs.