Quincy Jones Forced to Take Michael Jackson’s Estate To Court & Wins Millions

Published On July 31, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

A jury, just this past Wednesday, found that late pop singer Michael Jackson’s estate owes music producing icon Quincy Jones a whopping $9.4 million in royalties, as well as production fees for his chart topping hit ‘Billie Jean,’ which was on his bestselling album, ‘Thriller’.

The Los Angeles Court rewarded Jones as the Jury allegedly fell short of the $30 million that Jones sought in his original lawsuit, which was filed four years ago, however, his payout was well above the $392,000 that the estate was offering in the beginning.

The jury of 10 women and two men had been deliberating their case since Monday.

“This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created,” Jones wrote in a statement. “Although this (judgment) is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter. I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists’ rights overall.”

The attorney of the estate, Howard Weitzman, said that he couldn’t believe the verdict and would be planning an appeal.

“Any amount above and beyond what is called for in his contracts is too much and unfair to Michael’s heirs,” the lawyers said. “Although Mr. Jones is portraying this is a victory for artists’ rights, the real artist is Michael Jackson and it is his money Mr. Jones is seeking.”

Mr. Jones made claims in his lawsuit that Jacksons’ estate and Sony Music Entertainment were the ones that owed him for the music that he’d produced for the late singer in his concert, ‘This Is It,’ and two other shows that allegedly used Jackson’s songs.

The suit said that the entities were improperly re-edited on the songs in order to deprive Mr. Jones of his royalties, as well as production fees. They also state that he had the contractual right to have the first say on any re-edits or remixes that were made.

Jones made it clear that he was not suing his friend, Mr. Jackson, he said:

“I’m not suing Michael, I’m suing you all,” speaking to the heads of his estate.

“You don’t deserve a raise,” Weitzman said during closing arguments. “You can’t have any more of Michael Jackson’s money.”

We are happy that Mr. Jones got his money and we are hopeful that this doesn’t put a rift in between he and the Jackson family.

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