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By: Britt L
In Los Angeles on Friday, the legendary Quincy Jones made way to sue his old friend and colleague and friend, Michael Jackson’s estate after claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fess for some of Jackson’s greatest hits ever released.
From the late singers estate and Sony Music Entertainment, Jones is hitting hard for a whopping $10 million. The producer, who’s famous for his relationship with Jackson, says the entities involved with Jackson’s songs “improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of production fess and royalties.”
The music in which Quincy claims was re-edited was used in Jackson’s last film, “This Is It,” and the Cirque du Soleil show “Michael Jackson ONE.”
Aside from the songs used in Cirque du Soleil, Jones claims he is owed money for “This Is It,” and says he should have been given producers credit for the tunes used in the blockbuster movie.
To determine how much Jones is owed, the lawsuit is seeking for an accounting of the estate’s profits for the works Jones claims he has ownership to.
Jones is most popular for his aid with Michael’s solo albums; “Off The Wall”, “Thriller” and “Bad.”
The songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties are “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and “Don’t Stop Till’ Yo Get Enough,” all which are listed in his law suit claim.
Representatives from the Jackson estate weren’t too thrilled to learn of the news that an old friend of Michael’s was in for the gold not even five years after his death.
“To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” said the statement.
Jones’ lawsuit claims the producer’s contracts assured him first opportunity to alter or re-edit songs, in order to protect his reputation.
Wow Quincy, what a low blow.