Friday, July 21, 2017

Quincy Jones Suing Jackson Estate

From the N'Digo e-letter...

The legendary Quincy Jones says he is entitled to $30 million from Michael Jackson’s estate stemming from increased royalty rates after the King of Pop’s death. Jones’ lawyer, Mike McKool, argues that Mr. Jones received the royalties that were due to him for Jackson’s hit records “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad,” but things changed when Jackson died in 2009. “The death of a superstar artist creates huge interest in his music,” McKool argued in the trial that is expected to last three weeks. In addition to the early solo Jackson records, McKool said Jones is owed money from the documentary “This Is It,” which featured songs the iconic composer produced. Jones is not provided a fair share of the licensing fee — Jones was paid $455,000 while the Jackson estate got $90 million — on the film that grossed more than $500 million.

"Off the Wall", "Thriller" and "Bad" were not just Michael Jackson records. They were THE Michael Jackson records. Pay the man his money.

I was working as a club DJ (yes really) when "Thriller" came out and sorority girls asked me to play this song over and over and over again. I can only now listen to it without breaking into convulsions.