Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has filed lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment for 'unpaid royalties'.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producer claims that master recordings of songs he worked on were remixed and edited in order to deprive him of profits that he would have been entitled to under agreements he signed
with Jackson in the 1970s and 1980s. He says that under the contracts, he should have been given the first opportunity to re-edit or re-mix any of the master recordings and that he was entitled to producer credit for the master recordings, as well as additional compensation if the masters were remixed.
Jones' lawsuit is seeking at least $10m from the singer's estate and Sony.
Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the Jackson estate, issued a statement in response:
"The estate of Michael Jackson was saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Michael's estate," the statement said. "To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael."
Jones produced Jackson’s Off The Wall album which sold over 20 million copies. Jones and Jackson collaborated on Thriller, an album which sold over 110 million copies and became the highest-selling album of all time. Jones also worked on Jackson's album Bad, which has sold over 45 million copies.
After Jackson's death, Jones said:
"I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the '80s. To this day, the music we created together on Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, he died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles.
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