Michael Jackson was the singer of many songs, most of which happened to be the soundtrack to our lives. Ever since his passing, there has been a lot of commotion in regards to the royalties that he withheld – mainly on how they were going to be distributed. If you had a say in the magic that was Michael Jackson, even if it was for one song, you’ll want to make sure that your credit is deservedly given. Quincy Jones should be happy that he was awarded $9.4M, although it is a far stretch from the $30 million that he was initially requesting. Jones was the producer behind many different songs throughout his time in the 80’s and 90’s, and he continues this trend today – with Michael Jackson, he was responsible for producing Thriller, Bad and even Off the Wall. These are three titles that should ring bells in anyones mind, and Quincy Jones was responsible for the creation of them (well, for the production, at least). After Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, Quincy Jones was held without payment for certain royalties, all of which he felt was worth the $30 million he asked for in the first place. While the money that he was awarded isn’t exactly the proper number he had hoped for, it’s better than nothing – Jones stood in court this looking as suave as ever.
He has this to say about the entire thing, which was given in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter: “As an artist, maintaining the vision and integrity of one’s creation is of paramount importance. I, along with the team I assembled with Michael, took great care and purpose in creating these albums, and it has always given me a great sense of pride and comfort that three decades after they were originally recorded, these songs are still being played in every corner of the world”.
The attorneys who were representing the estate of Michael Jackson said that Jones did not deserve the awarded, who would happen to be Zia Modabber and Howard Weitzman. They thought that the lump sum given to him was outrageous, and although they are happy they didn’t award the initial asking price of $30 million, they felt on edge about it all. “This would reinterpret the legal language in, and effectively rewrite, contracts that Mr. Jones lived under for more than three decades,”. They also said that Jones referred to paperwork as “contract, montract”, defeating any claims that he legally entitled to royalties. All I can say is that I loved the albums Quincy Jones produced, and I wish they had done more work before Michael passed away; hopefully the legal system worked for the benefit of the right party in this case. The estate said that Jones only had about $400,000 worth of royalties before the verdict was said, which is a far stretch.