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MC Hammer’s Back Catalog Sells for 2.7 Million

hammer.jpgOakland entertainer MC Hammer’s entire back catalog of music was recently acquired by music publishing company Evergreen Copyrights for a reported $2.7 million. The purchase includes the rights to some of Hammer’s biggest hits, such as “Turn This Mutha Out” and “You Can’t Touch This.” The latter single helped propel his 1990 album, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em, to a diamond certification (10 million records sold), the first rap album to reach that plateau. The catalog was sold by a court-appointed trustee of the rapper’s estate, who was installed after Hammer filed for bankruptcy protection in 1996. At the time, Hammer claimed to have an outstanding debt of over $13 million. In a press release, Evergreen co CEO David Sculhof said, “We anticipate that many songs in the MC Hammer catalog will emerge as a perfect fit for licensing in movies, television shows, and corporate advertising.”

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