Quincy Jones Wins $9.42 Million From Michael Jackson Estate

Quincy Jones Wins $9.42 Million From Michael Jackson Estate

Legendary record producer Quincy Jones was awarded $9.4 million yesterday at the conclusion of his legal battle over unpaid royalties against the Michael Jackson estate. They concluded: "Any amount above and beyond what is called for in his contracts is too much and unfair to Michael's heirs".

Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the estate, said in a statement that the real artist was Jackson, not Mr. Jones.

Jones' lawsuit charged that MJJ Productions, the record label Jackson founded that is now administered by Jackson's estate, and Sony Music began to capitalize on Jackson's work after his death, reissuing music that was remixed or edited without Jones' approval. Among his claims, Jones alleged he was also underpaid for tunes used in Jackson's This Is It documentary (2009), as well as two Cirque du Soleil shows, Variety reports.

Quincy Jones met a 19-year-old Michael Jackson during the filming of 1978's "The Wiz", which would lead to one of the most fruitful partnerships in pop music.

"I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists' rights overall", he said.

Lawyers for Jones argued "This Is It" counted as a "videoshow", per his contract, entitling him to a share of net receipts.

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"You don't deserve a raise", Weitzman said.

"This is a grab for money that Mr Jones isn't entitled to", Modabber said. Reportedly, the concoction was frequently used to help Jackson sleep.

Photo Quincy Jones, left, and Michael Jackson join David Geffen at a party in Los Angeles in 1982.

The lawsuit initially set the amount Jones sought at least $10 million, but his attorneys later arrived at $30 million after an accounting of the estate's profits from the works. With Mr. Jones as producer, the two worked together on albums like "Off the Wall" and "Thriller" that sold tens of millions of copies and catapulted Jackson - already famous from his days in the Jackson 5 - into superstardom.

Jones and Jackson proved to be a flawless partnership starting with 1979's "Off the Wall". And Jones lent experience and gravitas to Jackson, who was still best known to most as the child prodigy who fronted the Jackson 5.

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