Quincy Sues MJ Estate

Quincy Jones yesterday sued Michael Jackson’s estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the singer’s biggest hits.
Jones’ lawsuit seeks at least $10 million from the Jackson estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music in question has been used in the film This Is It and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on Jackson’s songs, alleges Q. Jones also claims that he should have received a producer’s credit on the music in This Is It. Jones’ claim also states the producer’s contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation, and that this commitment has been broken.
Quincy, of course, produced three of Jackson’s biggest sellers: Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad.
In response, a spokesperson for Jackson’s estate stated that it was “saddened” by Jones’ lawsuit:
“To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” the statement said.