Quincy Jones has hit the Michael Jackson estate with a lawsuit claiming he’s owed millions from assisting the late singer with some of his biggest hits.
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The 80-year-old industry vet is seeking at least $10 million from the estate and Sony Music Entertainment for a breach of contract on a collection of songs that he alleges were re-edited to deprive him of his cut of royalties and production fees.
Jones also believes he deserves a producer’s credit for his work on This Is It. The music in question was used in the 2009 concert doc and a pair of Cirque de Soleil shows– including singles such as “Billie Jean,” “Thiller” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
In response to Jones’ lawsuit, the estate released the following statement:
“To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael.”
Sony Music has yet to respond to the matter.