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Quincy Jones

SUES MICHAEL JACKSON PRODUCTIONS

You're Ripping Me Off Royally

10/25/2013 5:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Quincy Jones
says he's been double-crossed by Sony and Michael Jackson Productions (aka MJJ) ... claiming the 2 companies intentionally aced him out of his cut of Michael's music.

Jones has sued MJJ Productions and Sony ... claiming he owns a big chunk of "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" because he produced all of them.  Jones claims Sony and MJJ concocted a scheme to edit and remix the original songs and put them into new ventures such as the "This Is It" movie, the Cirque du Soleil stage show and the 25th Anniversary of the "Bad" album and then deny him royalties.

The allegations are even worse.  Jones says MJJ and Sony created a shell game and diverted millions of bucks away from what is rightfully his.

Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Michael Jackson Estate, tells TMZ, "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."

Jones wants $10 mil minimum.

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31.

TuxThePenguin    

Dang ya'll. What's colder? This "news" or M.J.'s corpse??? dang.

272 days ago
32.

Hibiscus    

Journal Reveals MJ’s Desire To Be ‘Better Than Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire,’ Desperation To Be ‘The Greatest Ever’
Posted on Sep 12, 2013 @ 3:06AM | By Dylan Howard & Jen Heger

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Tragic Michael Jackson grappled with his desperation to be “the greatest ever” performer — a bigger star than Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire — in the months before his tragic death, his secret diary reveals.

RadarOnline.com has obtained twelve pages of the King of Pop’s journal which detail his blueprint to be rebuild his flagging career in the hope of eventually becoming “immortalized” — like his idols Charlie Chaplin, Michelangelo and Walt Disney.

READ: MJ’s Secret Diary Bares Desire To Be ‘Immortalized’ & ‘The Greatest Ever’

But the notes, filed in a Los Angeles court as part of his wrongful death trial, also detail how a hopeless and drug-addicted Jackson wanted his personal physician, Conrad Murray, on the plane bound for London and his doomed “This Is It” tour to administer drugs.

The Thriller megastar wrote how he needed the death doctor — who administered Jackson’s fateful dose of the powerful anesthetic proposal — to set-up a “drip” so he could get “Rim [sic] sleep,” the handwritten notes reveal.

“Conrad must practice now,” Jackson wrote. “I can’t be tired after procedure to important Rim [sic] sleep.”

He added, “Hire Conrad exclusive.”

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The diary is laced with a tortured Jackson’s yearning to make his comeback series of 50 concerts a success, after years of sordid headlines, questionable behavior and persistent child molestation allegations.

The Billie Jean hit-maker details his last-ditch attempt to begin earning $20 million income each week, by moving into movie production after the tour’s end and ultimately becoming the “first multi-billionaire entertainer-actor-director.”

“Better than Kelly and Astaire,” wrote Jackson, who died at age 50, a day after a rehearsal and three weeks before the first concert on what would have been his final tour.

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“The greatest [ever] in the likes of Chaplin, Michelangelo and Disney – these men demanded perfection, innovation always.”

The pop star remarked how he wanted AEG, the concert promoter, to help him develop and remake movies for such fantasy classics as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Ali Baba and 40 Thieves, Jack The Giant Killer and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Jackson — who considered himself the real-life Peter Pan — also plotted to create a 3D version of Aladdin, the Disney animation mega-hit from 1992.

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He scrawled, “If I don’t concentrate [on] film, no immortalization.”

The most celebrated entertainer the world has ever seen also wanted to take on The Great White Way with a musical about his life; and create his own merchandise lines of soda and cookies.

He noted his desire to meet with Simon Fuller, the man behind American Idol and the Spice Girls, whom he though could help him resurrect his career.

While he had adulation for Fuller, Jackson couldn’t say the same kind sentiments of Tohme Tohme, his ex-manager.

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“Tohmey (sic) away from my $ now,” he blasted in one entry. “No Tohmey near me, No Tohmey on plane or in my house,” he added, in another.

The 13-Grammy Award winner — who was strapped for cash at the time and living like a vagabond, as a court has heard — noted how he needed to “hire an accountant I trust” and lawyer, but warned himself, “caution, caution.”

In another note, he wrote: “Mother do you need $.”

Lawyers for Katherine Jackson are fighting to get the notes admitted into evidence, however AEG, who were promoting the London concerts, is arguing the notes are hearsay and should not be allowed to be used.

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“There is simply no evidence showing when Michael Jackson wrote the notes, why he did so, or what they mean. As a result, there is no way to know whether the notes ever showed Michael Jackson’s plan, motive, or intent,” said a motion, obtained by Radar.

Katherine, 83, is suing the concert promoter for wrongful death saying the company’s executives negligently hired the doctor who overdosed her son and should be held financially liable.

AEG Live maintains that Jackson kept his dependency on propofol secret from outsiders, that a proposed contract with Murray was never fully executed and they could not have foreseen that Murray posed a danger to Jackson.

MORE ON THIS STORY:
READ: MJ's Secret Diary - How The King Of Pop Planned To Rebuild His Career, Slammed Ex-Manager radaronline.com

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Another fame whoring story!!!

272 days ago
33.

Truth    

NOTE JONES DOESNT BITCH UNTIL 4YRS AFTER MJ DIED... UNTL HE SAW HOW MUCH MONEY THE ESTATE RAKED IN FROM POST-DEATH PRODUCTIONS. SOOOO IF THEY DIDNT MAKE ANY PAPER HE WOULDNT BE SUING... TYPICAL HOLLYWOOD GOLD DIGGER.LET OTHERS DO THE ALL THE WORK THEN COME BACK AFTER THE FACT AND SAY GIMME $10 MIL --- FOR DOING SQUAT. #TRUTH!!

272 days ago
34.

MJJSUcks    

Unbelievably how many idiots post here. He OWNS half of the songs he produced. Even if they take the vocals and dont use his music they have to pay him. The vocals and the music are married together. They cant decide to not pay him.

272 days ago
35.

mwen    

I am so over anything or anyone trying to suit MJ

272 days ago
36.

MJJSUcks    

Unbelievably how many idiots post here. He OWNS half of the songs he produced. Even if they take the vocals and dont use his music they have to pay him. The vocals and the music are married together. They cant decide to not pay him.

272 days ago
37.

Pegasus    


Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate
Associated PressBy ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press – 5 hours ago..


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FILE - This Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Quincy Jones sued Jackson's estate on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, claiming that he was owed millions in royalties and fees on music that's been used in post-death Jackson projects including the "This Is It" concert film. Jones produced Jackson's "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" albums. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, file).



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson's estate on Friday 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, 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.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer's credit on the music in "This Is It." His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate's profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, "Off the Wall," ''Thriller" and "Bad."

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," the statement said.

An after-hours message left at Sony Music's New York offices was not immediately returned.

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.

Jones' lawsuit 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.

272 days ago
38.

mj fan forever    

Moreover this money-grubber CO-produced those albums with Michael Jackson but of course he omitted to say that trying to take all the merit for himself UNrightfully!!! NO surprise there he's always been a money-hungry!!!

272 days ago
39.

margie    

Michael Jackson was a SUPER STAR before he even knew Quincy Jones THE JACKSON 5 LEAD SINGER MICHAEL JACKSON. SUPER STARS ALL OVER THE WORLD. Quincy jones wasn't a house hole name, until he met Michael Jackson. There fore Michael came before Quincy Jones.

272 days ago
40.

Elizabeth    

Another one coming out of the woodwork's after Michael's money! I am sure Quincy was compensated many times over for his work with Michael year's back;

I think Quincy is sinking pretty low.!

272 days ago
41.

fred    

He is worth $320 million and he is sues lol

272 days ago
42.

J    

First comment ever. I used to enjoy TMZ, but until you stop covering the Kardashian family and anything related to Michael Jackson, I'm done. Not funny anymore, feels like management changed here and it's nothing intelligent anymore. This isn;t news or even entertainment--it;s just a peep show, covering drug addicts and truly mentally ill having trouble.

272 days ago
43.

duilama    

Once a deadbeat always a deadbeat. MJ lived as a deadbeat, with debts of over half a billion, now he is dead for sure, and for sure he and his estate (lawyers LOL!!!) are still trying to screw people over and over. Those lawyers are screwing the Jacksons as well, another family of deadbeats, I am not chosing any sides but Hey, Murray is out in just two more days, there is always a cosmic justice, God is watching us from a distance. I only hope Wade will be able to get his justice.

272 days ago
44.

Curtis    

Doesn't he have enough money?

272 days ago
45.

Phil    

Why wait until now? Comes across as being greedy , but if he's owed it then get it.

272 days ago
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