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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.

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!!

332 days ago
32.

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.

331 days ago
33.

mwen    

I am so over anything or anyone trying to suit MJ

331 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.

331 days ago
35.

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.

331 days ago
36.

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!!!

331 days ago
37.

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.

331 days ago
38.

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.!

331 days ago
39.

fred    

He is worth $320 million and he is sues lol

331 days ago
40.

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.

331 days ago
41.

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.

331 days ago
42.

Curtis    

Doesn't he have enough money?

331 days ago
43.

Phil    

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

331 days ago
44.

myopinion    

I hope Quincy Jones gets royalties.

331 days ago
45.

duilama    

Just two more days. Dr. Murray will be free like a bird walking the street with his head held up high.

Greatest hero of all time!!!

331 days ago
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