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Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’: ‘Everybody’s after money’

Quincy Jones attends the 'Keep on Keepin' On' Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2014 in New York City.
Quincy Jones attends the 'Keep on Keepin' On' Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2014 in New York City.(Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

Michael Jackson’s music is entering the hearts of his fans once again. The release of the late pop star’s new album “Xscape” has revived some of the musical magic of Jackson, but one person feels it is all for the wrong reason. In an interview with CBC Radio published on Tuesday, legendary producer Quincy Jones criticized the album, saying the only motivation behind it is money.

As a co-producer of two of Jackson’s best-selling records, Jones definitely understands the business side of music, which is why he says it’s not his business anymore, but still offered his opinion saying, “They’re trying to make money, and I understand it. Everybody’s after money, the estate, the layers. It’s about money.”

“Xscape,” an album released by L.A. Reid is making a splash on the charts. With Timbaland as the album’s lead producer, there is a modern feel to the new music, but never lost is the true soul of the King of Pop. When asked if he had a problem with Jackson’s recordings being released, Jones commented, “Yeah, but it’s not my business anymore. They’re not our business.”

Jones, who also collaborated on the “Thriller” album, filed a complaint last October in Los Angeles Superior Court on allegations that master recordings he worked on with Jackson were edited and remixed in such a way that he would not profit in any way on the backend. He also claimed he was denied credit or his work on released songs. So there may have been a bit of resentment by Jones.

Elsewhere in the interview, Jones discusses working with Jackson on the “Thriller” album. He dispelled rumors about him disliking and initially rejecting “Billie Jean.” He called it a complete “fallacy.” The 27 time Grammy Award-winner really got to know Jackson by working so close with him. When asked what he learned from his good friend, he said “What am I gonna learn from Michael? I don’t wannabe singing and dancing. I didn’t ask him about anything. We told him what songs he was gonna sing. A producer has to do that.” Listen to the full interview here.