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The producer behind three of Michael Jackson’s best-selling albums — Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad — has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit.
According to reports, Quincy Jones is seeking legal action against the late singer’s estate for projects released after his death, including the This Is It film and soundtrack, the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil productions and the 25th anniversary edition of Bad.
The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Jones alleges that master recordings he worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of backend profit participation. Jones also asserts that he has been denied credit for his work on the singer’s posthumous releases and that MJJ and Sony have entered into side deals taking profits that should have been included in the calculation of royalties.”
In the complaint, the legendary producer also claims he should received producer’s credit for music in This Is It.
“Quincy has been frustrated with these matters for a number of years,” his attorney Henry Gradstein said. “He was not making any progress and needed to take more formal action.”
In response, Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Michael Jackson Estate, released a statement: “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.”