PayDay: Quincy Wins Lawsuit Against MJ Estate

By on July 27, 2017

The bitter battle between iconic music producer Quincy Jones and the estate of his former protege Michael Jackson is over…for now.

A jury recently found that Michael Jackson’s estate owes Quincy $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from their collaborations that produced legendary hits like  “Billie Jean,” ”Thriller” and more!

The verdict came from a Los Angeles Superior court as is nearly $20 million less than what the legendary producer was initially asking for when he filed the lawsuit four years ago.  The estate of Michael Jackson estimate that Jones was only owed $392,000.

Quincy Jones wanted to make it clear that on his part, the law suit was not a direct hit at Michael Jackson…

“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,”  “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 Michael Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said he and his team would appeal the verdict because the feel Jones was seeking money that wasn’t owed to him.

“Any amount above and beyond what is called for in his contracts is too much and unfair to Michael’s heirs,”  “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.”

If you’re wondering what this is all about, it’s a detailed dispute where Quincy Jones claimed in his lawsuit that Jackson’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment owed him for music he had produced that was used in the concert film “This Is It” and two Cirque du Soleil shows that used Jackson’s songs.

The lawsuit said the entities had improperly re-edited the songs to deprive Jones of royalties and production fees, and that he had a contractual right to take first crack at any re-edit or remix as outlined in contracts dating back to 1978 and 1985.

The Jackson camp claims that Jones should only be paid licensing fees for songs used in those three productions. Jones claimed he was entitled to a share of the overall receipts from them.

The defense attorneys pointed out that Jackson’s death in 2009 has already been lucrative for Jones, who made $8 million from his share of their works in the two years after the singer’s death, versus $3 million in the two years previous.


We’ve got a strange feeling that although a verdict was handed down, this won’t be the end of this story…Stay tuned to for emerging updates.

In honor of this news story and #ThrowbackThursday let’s take a look at a 1984 interview featuring both of the musical geniuses.

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