Michael Jackson’s former musical mentor, Quincy Jones, has now sued Jackson’s estate. Jones claims he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of MJ’s greatest hits.
In his lawsuit Jones is seeking at least $10 million from the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees, reports The Huffington Post. The music was used in the movie This Is It and in a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop’s songs, according to the lawsuit.
According to Jones he should have also received a producer’s credit on the music in This Is It. His lawsuit is asking for an accounting of the estate’s profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is due.
The reknown producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, “Off the Wall,” ”Thriller” and “Bad.”
Jackson’s estate issued a statement that it was saddened by Jones’ lawsuit. “To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” the statement said.
An after-hours message that HuffPo left at Sony Music’s New York offices was not immediately answered.
Jackson’s mega hits “Billie Jean,” ”Thriller” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer’s fee. His lawsuit states the producer’s contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.
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