If there is one thing the world is not short of since Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, it is Michael Jackson-related lawsuits. In the latest account of a lawsuit involving the late singer-songwriter, record producer Quincy Jones is suing. He alleges that clandestine agreements have been intended to keep him from receiving full royalties owed to him from posthumous recording releases, according to an exclusive report by the Hollywood Reporter on Friday as well as an ABC News report.
Ten million dollars is the amount Jones has filed for in a breach-of-contract lawsuit related to the Michael Jackson projects released after Jackson died. Jones is going after Sony Music Entertainment and MJM Productions which is the song company controlling the estate of Jackson. While Jones is the producer talent involved with Jackson’s legendary “Thriller” album, as well as “Off the Wall” and “Bad,” he is concerned about the projects released after Jackson’s death, specifically the “This Is It” film, the 25th anniversary edition of “Bad” (the album), and Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil productions.
The legal concern was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday according to the report. In Jones complaint, he claims that the master recordings which he produced were wrongfully edited and remixed to keep him from making profits.
Jones’ attorney Henry Gradstein said that the legendary record producer has been frustrated with these matters for several years and feels he is not making any progress – and therefore needs to take more formal action against Sony and MJJ.
Michael Jackson and Epic Records – a subsidiary of Sony Music – had contractual agreements which entitled Jones to payments and credit regarding the recordings he produced for Jackson’s solo albums. Additionally, contractually, Jones was to be given the first opportunity to remix or re-edit the recordings. The remixes and re-edits of the works projects were apparently not offered to Jones and done without his consent.
Howard Weitzman, Michael Jackson’s Estate’s lawyer states that the estate of Michael Jackson was saddened to learn that Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Jackson’s estate. The statement goes on to say that to the best of the Estate’s knowledge, Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Jackson.
Since Jackson passed away, his popularity has reignited with Jackson’s recordings having earned an incredibly huge amount of money.