After pop music icon Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, there was an rise in interest in his catalog. The Jackson estate enjoyed increased revenues from his royalties after his death from the demand for his hit songs. However, one man feels left out of abundance in cash. That man in legendary music producer Quincy Jones, who produced three of Jackson’s classics: ‘Off The Wall,’ ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad.’
While Jones received his customary cut on the royalties of Jackson’s music before the King of Pop died, he claims that the estate has not paid him his fair share after the performer’s death. According to Jones’ lawyer, Mike McKool, he is owed $30 million. According to McKool, Jones was not notified of the increase in royalty sales until filing his lawsuit in 2013.
Variety reports further:
McKool also contends that Jones was shorted on his share of the profits from “This Is It,” the behind-the-scenes concert documentary released after Jackson’s death. McKool said the film made use of Jackson’s original recordings, but that Jones was not given an adequate share of the licensing fee. McKool said the film grossed more than $500 million, of which the estate took $90 million, but that Jones was paid only $455,000.
Zia Modabber, the attorney for Jackson’s estate, fired back, “We believe the evidence will show that Mr. Jones is not entitled to anything but a fraction of the money he’s after,” Modabber said. “Mr. Jones has been paid over $18 million [after Jackson’s death], and he will make millions more.”
Modabber added, “He didn’t get paid any of the money Michael was going to get because he didn’t do any of the work. Mr. Jones is asking for tens and tens of millions of dollars. He just wants it and he hopes you will give it to him.”
We’ll keep you posted on how this goes.