Quincy Jones: Jackson Estate Cheated Me on Hits

Producer sues for royalties over re-editing of some classic songs

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 26, 2013 6:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Quincy Jones has sued Michael Jackson's estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar's greatest hits. Jones' lawsuit seeks at least $10 million from the singer's estate and Sony Music Entertainment, arguing that the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Jackson's hits "Billie Jean," "Thriller," and "Don't Stop `Til You Get Enough" are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer's fee. Jackson's estate wrote in a statement 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."

A file photo of music producer Quincy Jones.
A file photo of music producer Quincy Jones.   (Matt Sayles)
Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena in 1993.
Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena in 1993.   (Rusty Kennedy)
In this 1984 photo, Michael Jackson holds his awards as he stands with Quincy Jones at the Grammys.
In this 1984 photo, Michael Jackson holds his awards as he stands with Quincy Jones at the Grammys.   (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
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