Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate

Quincy Jones is shown in this undated file photo.
October 26, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Quincy Jones, the record producer who helped bring Michael Jackson's incredible talent to millions of people, is suing the pop star's estate.

Jones, who produced Jackson's most popular solo albums, "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad," claims that the Jackson estate owes him royalties earned since Jackson's death.

Jones' lawsuit, which also targets Sony Music Entertainment, alleges that certain songs were improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film "This Is It" and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop's songs, the lawsuit states.

He also claims that he should have received a producer's credit on the music in "This Is It." His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate's profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

Jones is seeking $10 million. Jackson's estate says it is saddened by Jones' lawsuit and believes Jones has been adequately compensated for his 35 years of work with the King of Pop.

Jackson's hits "Billie Jean," ''Thriller" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer's fee. The lawsuit states the producer's contracts called for Jones to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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