Newswire: Rights to “Do The Bartman” worth $38.5k, songwriting credit apparently priceless

In 1991, singer-songwriter Bryan Loren found chart success with a little help from a cartoon character and The King Of Pop. Riding the wave of Bartmania that briefly gripped the globe (and shook school administrators to their T-shirt-banning cores), “Do The Bartman” was the No. 1 song in the U.K. for three weeks, though it’s now best remembered for the uncredited participation of Michael Jackson. But now that the rights to royalties from the song (along with other Loren compositions) have sold at auction for $38,500, the fight to claim lyrics like “Fixin’ test scores to get the best scores / Droppin’ banana peels all over the floor” has reignited.

“It was always amazing to me that no one ever found out that Michael Jackson wrote that song,” Simpsons creator Matt Groening said in 1998, a quote which Music Business Worldwide reprinted in its coverage of the “Do …

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