Quincy Jones was one of the best producers to ever do it back in his day. The now 84-year-old man from Chicago has been all over the place throughout his career, including in Michael Jackson’s record books. He has a record 79 Grammy Award nominations and he’s taken 28 of them home with him. He’s even owner to the “Grammy Legend Award” from 1991. He produced some of Michael Jackson’s biggest songs and best albums, so he deserves some of the money they make today… right?
Quincy Jones is claiming that he’s the victim of some serious elder abuse when it comes to his legal war over some of Michael Jackson’s royalties. Quincy is the legendary producer of Michael’s Thriller. He’s expected to take a stand this week in court to state his case on why Michael Jackson’s estate actually cheated him out of over $30 million.
King of Pop
The King of Pop’s mentor will most likely be claiming that Sony Music and some others actually remixed some of the big hit songs like “Beat It,” which would make it so they wouldn’t have to pay Jones any royalties at all.
Things seem pretty shady, but at this point, we can’t really tell if this is all just a money grab for Quincy or if he actually has a serious case. According to the documents seen by TMZ, the trial went on earlier this week and Sony Music and MJJ Productions took advantage of Jones’ age.
Getting Up There
Jones is 84 years old now, and the documents say he was “clearly over 65 at the time he sat down with the music execs to talk dough.” Quincy says that both Sony and MJJ pulled an old school accounting trick on him. It ended up labeling a bunch of money from MJ’s music as profit instead of royalty so that he wasn’t entitled to any of it.