Wanna be startin’ Something!? – Quincy Jones isn’t stopping till he gets enough after claiming he has been getting the short end of the stick on royalties. Jones claims he has been owed since the tragic death of Michael Jackson. With the elevated surge in sales after the smooth criminals passing, Quincy is stating he is owed up to or in excess of $30 million dollars and his payments never reflected the sales increase.
With albums such as ‘Off the wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ Quincy has stated his cheques never changed to reflect the amount being sold from passing to date and now wants his money. He also states that the documentary/movie ‘This Is It’ grossed over $500 million dollars and his work was used throughout the film and he wasn’t paid retrospectively for it.
This should prove to be a very interesting case because as far as I am aware (Allegedly) the only comeback the Jackson’s legal team have given as yet, is that Quincy did no work towards the film, hence the underpayment and I’m just not sure that is going to work. it’s such a shame a legendary creative team such as Jones and Jackson has come to this. As for the royalties I guess we will have to wait and see!
One thing is for sure, this is pretty ‘bad’ and it looks like Quincy will be working day and night to get that dollar.