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MJ Estate & Paul Anka

Sued Over 'This Is It'

For $24 MILLION

10/30/2012 6:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A music producer claims he's owed at least $24 MILLION for his work on the Paul Anka/Michael Jackson collaboration "This Is it" -- and now, he's suing Anka and the MJ Estate for the money.

The producer -- named Michael Jonzun -- filed the lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court, claiming he helped remake Paul and MJ's 1983 song "I Never Heard" ... into what eventually became MJ's 2009 song "This Is It."

According to the lawsuit, Jonzun owns one-third of "This Is It" but he never got paid his share of the song's proceeds -- so he's suing.

Paul Anka tells TMZ, he has never even heard the name Michael Jonzun before today -- and any claims Jonzun owns a portion of "This Is It" are "BS."

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1.

steve    

who really cares anymore?

633 days ago
2.

TXLady    

Most likely another fruitcake looking for some quick cash and hoping they will throw some money his way because it's cheaper than fighting it in the courts. A sad commentary on the way our legal system is exploited.

633 days ago
3.

mj fan forever    

It is well known that Michael Jackson and Paul Anka co-wrote the song, with Anka even getting 50% of the rights after unrightfully saying that he only had written the song while actually they had co-written the song!!! So already there has been a moron who tried to get every merit for the song and now appeared another claiming he "helped them", but the Estate won't give this money-grubber what he does not deserve!!!

633 days ago
4.

CJ    

Michael Jonzun is actually...MICHAEL JACKSON in disguise! He lives! (Gasp!)

633 days ago
5.

✫✫✫ The King Of Pop ✫✫✫ Pill Popping ✫✫✫    

?? Michael Who ??

633 days ago
6.

TMZ Superfan    

So, why is this fool suing 3 years after the fact? I don't buy this at all.

633 days ago
7.

LISA    

Oh what a sue-y world! First, Anka threatens to sue Jackson's estate to get his 50 percent in 2009. Then, artist ‘Sa-Fire’ was contemplating suing. Now, Jonzun is suing Anka and the Jackson estate for 1/3? Will it ever end?

633 days ago
8.

Stiletto    

Must be nice to be so rich that you didn't miss the money until just now.

633 days ago
9.

HumanNature    

Spike Lee bringing Michael Jackson do***entary to ABC


Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee's do***entary 'Bad25' traces Michael Jackson's vision during the making of 'Bad,' follow-up to his groundbreaking 'Thriller.'


ABC has acquired the television rights to Spike Lee’s upcoming Michael Jackson do***entary, the network announced Tuesday.


The acclaimed filmmaker, who had previously collaborated with Jackson, has been prepping “Bad25,” a do***entary tracing the late king of pop’s creative vision during the making of “Bad,” the follow-up to his groundbreaking “Thriller.” It is one of two major projects pegged to the 25th anniversary of the 1987 hit-filled album.


“This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” Lee said in a statement. “Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album.”


Lee teamed with Jackson’s estate and Legacy/Epic Records to search their archives for never-before-seen footage, including some shot by Jackson himself. The director also conducted interviews with some of Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, L.A. Reid and Kanye West.


Before Lee’s do***entary "Bad 25" airs on Thanksgiving, the film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.


“Bad,” the third and final album collaboration between Jackson and Quincy Jones, made history with five consecutive No. 1 singles.


To commemorate the anniversary, his estate, in collaboration with Epic/Legacy Recordings, will reissue the disc -- the first re-release of an album from Jackson's catalog since his 2009 death.


Dubbed “Bad 25" (like his 2008 “Thriller” reissue), the deluxe package will feature three CDs, two collectible booklets and the first-ever authorized DVD release of a concert from his record-breaking Bad tour.


Of the three CDs, one is a remastered version of “Bad,” another features demos and songs recorded in Jackson’s studio that didn't make the cut, as well as remixes, and the third will feature audio from the soundtrack recordings of the accompanying DVD, making it Jackson’s first live album.


The album will hit stores Sept. 18.


http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/28/entertainment/la-et-ms-spike-lee-bringing-michael-jackson-do***entary-to-abc-20120828


LONG LIVE THE KING OF "ALL MUSIC, MICHAEL JACKSON

633 days ago
10.

HumanNature    

I HOPE THAT MJ ESTATE AND ANKA DEMAND THAT THIS "IDIOT" PAY THEM!!!!!


THAT WILL MAKE THESE NUT JOBS THINK TWICE!!!!

633 days ago
11.

JDUB    

I know Michael Jackson was weird, but he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would ever steal someone else's material. Why would he even need to do that.

633 days ago
12.

verlinda    

Make sure I got this right. Remake a song in 1983 ....song used in 2009...and you sue in 2012, So this is the Massachusetts education Romney's talking about

633 days ago
13.

nan    

Mr Anka, welcome to the world of Michael Jackson..where any fruit loop can try and shake you down and it makes headlines.......LOL
He cant even get away from leeches in death..
What a shame..
Rest in Peace Michael..
missed by millions

633 days ago
14.

Diamond Goddess!    

Oh, OK, at first I thought Paul Anka was finally getting sued for perpetrating Harvey's HORRIBLE rendition of "My Way" upon us all!!!
LOL!!!
(Jus' kiddin', Harv! I love you guys!)

633 days ago
15.

Bill Leslie    

that dude is about to find out that drug addict MJ isn't in charge anymore and those 2 jew-azz lawyers are going to eat him for lunch.

633 days ago
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