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Quincy Jones Suing Michael Jackson Estate For $10 Million


(AllHipHop News) Just days after reports that Michael Jackson made $160 million dollars over the last year, the man who helped transform him from child star to the King of Pop is seeking at least $10 million from his estate. Legendary music producer Quincy Jones claims he is owed unpaid royalties and production fees.

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Jones, who worked with Jackson on his early solo albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad, is seeking compensation for the use of MJ tracks in the documentary This Is It and the two Cirque du Soleil shows The Immortal World Tour and One. 

According to the suit, Jones has the contractual right to re-edit songs he worked on and should have been given producer credit for This Is It. He wants an account of the estate’s profits to determine the total amount of rightful fees due to him.

“To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” said the Jackson estate in a statement.

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  • Vinsanity

    Isnt allhiphop supposed to mean all hip hop.

    • Bodie

      If you can’t equate MJ with hip hop, I feel bad for you

      • RapItUp

        If you can’t properly finish your sentence and seal the deal, your point is null and void. And contradictory.

      • Bodie

        Go fukk yourself, puzzy.

      • Thenatural503

        Damn he got under your skin quick and easy. Internet tough guy alert!

      • Bodie

        He didn’t get under anything. Just felt like saying to him what i’m going to say to you. Go fukk yourself

      • RapItUp

        Lol caught feelings quick. He needs to finish his lucky charms and resume watching Saturday morning cartoons

      • RapItUp

        Lmfao!!!

      • Brian

        I think u meant can’t instead of can.

  • Pay the man. Michael Jackson would likely not have become The King of Pop without Quincy Jones.

    • BP

      Q made those albums what they are???? He produced all the tracks, shaped them, arranged them,… really????

      IT WAS MICHAEL JACKSON HIMSELF WHO MADE HIS ALBUMS
      ICONIC, HIS ARTISTIC PERSONALITY/character AND MEDIA IMAGE including his dance talent and MJ´s PR profile through his pioneering and iconic videos and iconic fashion style!

      You mean that Quincy who did not like Billie Jean and Smooth
      Crimminal (both written by MJ=MJ is the songwriter/copywrite owner…)
      and who wanted to kick them off of the final sessions?

      Billie Jean and Smooth Crimminal are (not only imo) the two MOST
      ICONIC MJ´s (video/choreography) songs (and amongst the most iconic
      ever in music history), and what it would have been like without
      them? For Q or MJ or music?

    • True but when someone dies then there is no way to hold up a contract.

      • bigdoe6

        Michael Jackson is the one who died. The songs did not die. The songs are compositions and Intellectual Property that Mr Jones has co ownership in. It’s all contracts. In business contracts are involved. It’s business and never personal. He’s suing the estate of Mr Jackson which means the contract and agreements are still in place. So as far as business goes Quincy should be paid. It’s simple.

      • But because of Micheals death is the reason why these songs are making even more money….What I am saying is that Micheal Jackson is not here today to even prove that these contracts and or aggreements are even valid….Anyone can simply adjust a contract to their benefit…I bet you if they sued Micheal for those songs and ownership, then Quincy would be claiming that he is no longer a part if it.

      • Track King Cole

        Dior let it go because you dont know the music business, and everything you are saying right now is wrong. The songs are compositions and Intellectual Property that Quincy Jones has co-ownership of for ever. they are his works. So if money is made off of them, a piece goes to him and a piece goes to Michael Jacksons Estate.

      • BP

        The fact of the matter is that their partnership produced a great synergy. without MJ, Quincy would not have had the success he had with MJ. yes he had some credentials mostly from the world of Jazz. However, he was an average artist/producer. his success was modest and pales in comparison to he work he did with MJ.

        MJ took him on board because he thought Quincy could understand his artistic vision. That’s what made MJ so unique. he knew exactly what he wanted and was looking for a producer who understood him and allow him to express himself artistically.

        That being said, no-one is trying to take away
        Quincy’s achievements. but my point is that both had a very effective partnership. so claiming that he made MJ is a gross
        misrepresentation. MJ success was not down to one person alone. it was the result of a solid team work involving MJ, Quincy, Frank Dileo, Bruce Sweden, Rod Temperson and so many others.

        in addition, Quincy never replicated the success he had with MJ with other artists. which proves my point above.

        Therefore, I think his contribution to MJ success is completely overblown. And Part of the reason the media are so quick to grant every credit in a book to Quincy alone is because of their utter disdain for MJ. They despise him so profoundly that they are willing to strip him of all his credentials if it boils down to that.

      • Track King Cole

        you dont know what your talking about either… MODEST SUCCESS… Haha!!! You better go look up Quincy Jones resume. And i know for a fact your white, just because of what you said and how you said it. Quincy Jones is one of the greatest producers of all time. Thats with out a doubt.His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations,[3] 27 Grammys,[3] including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. HAHAHAHA!

      • vandyll

        Thank you because these people don’t know shit about the music business. Up here just talking reckless, n spilling those piss poor uninformed opinions all over the internet. Talking about music contracts like it’s some handshake over the kitchen table during a game of spades agreement. Phuk outta here! You just can’t give everybody a platform to share a point of view.

      • Track King Cole

        In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, their “The Eyes of Love” for the Universal Pictures film Banning. That same year, he became the first African American to be nominated twice within the same year for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, as he was also nominated for his work on the film In Cold Blood
        (1967). In 1971, Jones was the first African American to be named as
        the musical director/conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. In 1995
        he was the first African American to receive the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the African American who has been nominated for the most Oscars; each has received seven nominations.

      • Track King Cole

        In 1956, Jones toured again as a trumpeter and musical director of the Dizzy Gillespie Band on a tour of the Middle East and South America sponsored by the United

      • Track King Cole

        I CAN GO ON AND ON… BUT IM NOT GONNA ARGUE WITH A PERSON WHO DOESNT KNOW MUSIC.

  • water_ur_seeds

    why now?

    • Jared

      Money doesn’t expire…

      • water_ur_seeds

        clear it does…

    • Nemesis_Enforcer

      What do you mean “why now”? Because the songs that he owns a portion of just made NEW money. Duh!

      • I agree, but when you die and pass away that contract should end as well.

      • Immortal

        Jared said it best, if there is no money made off the tracks ever again, then maybe I could see the contract ending. But Q is the “owner” of the songs, so he’s loosing money while others rake it in. Why shouldn’t he get paid then?

      • I bet you if they sued Micheal for those songs and ownership, then Quincy would be claiming that he is no longer a part if it.

  • Montezuma1

    He helped MJ the same way he helped Tevin Campbell.

    • Terrance Goodman

      Real shit

  • Dam just mention that you have some cash and everyone wants a piece of it..So if that annoucement wasn’t made then Quincy wouldn’t have his hand out….Dam that’s the music business for ya.

  • BP

    Another example of conspiracy and not a coincidence!

    Do you know that Henry Gradstein, the lawyer of Q, IS the same attorney who is representing Wade Robson in his money grab attempt!

    It says Gradstein & Marzano lawfirm right there on that complaint. (Maryann Marzano (WR attorney’s parter named in the lawsuit document) has more cases like
    this.)

    The fact he is using the same Attorneys as Wade Robson really disturbs me and question his motives. I truly hope he (Q) wasn’t aware of that. Something seems
    very fishy (stinky) with that.

    I don’t believe Quincy deliberately hand picked the very same lawyer who represents WR. What I believe is that this guy approaches people in MJ’s life and tries to find a way for them to sue MJ’s Estate and make money.

    The strange thing is not that he represents Quincy.

    Gradstein’s speciality is royalties/business issues. The strange thing is rather that he represents Wade Robson because his specialities do not include child
    abuse allegations. Even at the beginning of WR’s case many fans
    remarked that it’s odd. Now I wonder if it started with first
    weighing Wade’s possibilities to sue the Estate on some business term
    (for example in connection with the Cirque stuff, Opus, Wade’s
    earlier contract with MJJ Productions etc.) I wonder if they found no
    real opportunity there and that’s how it all turned into child abuse
    allegations. Because the choice of lawyer for that case is certainly
    very odd.

    I don’t believe this is a coincidence. Gradstein is certainly not the only lawyer in LA and I guess there are plenty who deal with royalties as well. Gradstein now
    demands access to the Estate’s finances through Quincy’s case. That’s
    information he could use for WR’s case as well and I don’t think it
    would be fair.

    • Immortal

      Sounds like you just described another version of an ambulance chaser type lawyer. In reading your message, wouldn’t that be a ethical violation for him to use one case to support another? If so I would hope the judicial system wherever the suits are filed could see through the bs and see it for what it is.

  • Montezuma1

    Old dirty dickk Quincy. What kind of sicko are you? It’s almost time for you to pass man. Instead of worrying about money you need to be somewhere repenting for all the cruddy shyt you did. Sexual deviant and life long boot licker. Go to hell Quincy.

  • El moreno de Queens #Dominican

    Get your money, brother.

  • “According to the suit, Jones has the contractual right to re-edit songs he worked on and should have been given producer credit for This Is It. He wants an account of the estate’s profits to determine the total amount of rightful fees due to him.”
    So Quincy don’t even know how much is allegedly owed to him but he is suing for 10 million? Quincy been in the business long enough to know if you are suing someone for something at least know the correct amount that you are suing for. All he heard was 160 million in profits and Quincy wants 10 mill, yeah right…The guessing game won’t stand up in court.

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