That Time Michael Jackson Outbid Paul McCartney for the Beatles Catalog... Music brought Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson together, and it also tore them apart. They recorded several duets in the ’80s, among them the charttopping “Say Say Say,” but then saw a blossoming friendship fractured when Jackson – in what was arguably one of the shrewdest business moves ever made – outbid McCartney for the publishing rights to Beatles catalog in 1985.