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James Brown's Estate Sells for an Estimated $90 Million: Report

The long-running battle for James Brown’s estate has finally been resolved—kind of—with a very lucrative deal. As previously reported by The Root, the late soul icon’s heirs and estate administrator Russell Bauknight teased a resolution to the approximately 15-year war in July, issuing a statement that “The matter has been settled,” but disclosing no further details. On Tuesday, the New York Times confirmed a settlement nearly four years in the making had at last been finalized, reporting that New York-based estate and song catalog marketing company Primary Wave will be acquiring the estate’s assets— “including music rights, real estate and the control over Brown’s name and likeness”—in a deal estimated to be worth $90 million.


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