Legendary music producer Quincy Jones claimed that he was ripped off for millions of dollars’ worth of royalties and production fees owed to him from Michael Jackson’s estate, and sued the King of Pop’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment on Oct. 25 in Los Angeles.
According to USA Today, Jones is looking for at least $10 million,
claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film "This Is It" and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop's songs, the lawsuit states.
Quincy Jones contends that the Michael Jackson hits "Billie Jean," ''Thriller" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" are just several of the songs that were re-edited and then used in different venues in an effort to keep the producer from receiving his due royalties and producer's fees.
Jones had a hand in co-producing three of Michael Jackson’s most popular albums: “Off the Wall” (1979), “Thriller” (1982), and “Bad” (1987).
Jackson’s “Thriller” sold more than 110 million copies worldwide.
The Michael Jackson estate believes that Jones has been duly paid for his efforts over the years, and released a statement on Friday reading:
“The Estate of Michael Jackson was saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Michael's Estate. To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael."
Quincy Jones’ career spans six decades in the music world, over which time he’s accumulated 79 Grammy Award nominations and 27 Grammys. Jones earned a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.
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