Sony co-owns the music publisher, which owns the copy rights to most of the Beatle's songs, with the estate of late singer Michael Jackson.
The unit is the largest music publisher in the world and very profitable, sources told the Journal. Its estimated worth is between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.
The Journal viewed the emails suggesting the sale, but added that the documents are unclear as to if Sony is selling just its stake in the unit, or if the entire business will be put up for sale.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SONY CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate SONY CORP (SNE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity."