Music mogul Quincy Jones is suing the estate of Michael Jackson for $10 million in unpaid royalties.
Quincy Jones says Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees.
The music producer says they also broke an agreement giving him the right to remix master recordings for albums released after Michael Jackson’s death in 2009.
Quincy Jones produced some of Michael Jackson’s top discs including Off the Wall and Thriller.
The Jackson estate said that it was saddened by the lawsuit.
Quincy Jones produced some of Michael Jackson’s top discs including Off the Wall and Thriller
“To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” a statement said.
Earlier this month the family of Michael Jackson lost a negligence case against concert promoters AEG Live over the death of the 50-year-old pop star.
A jury concluded Dr. Conrad Murray, who was looking after the singer ahead of his concert tour, was not unfit for his job – and so AEG had not been negligent in hiring him.
Michael Jackson died in 2009 after taking an overdose of a surgical anaesthetic.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller End of Watch and Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film House at the End of the Street have tied for top spot at the US box office.
According to early estimates, both films took $13 million each.
They were closely followed by third-placed film, Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.
But it was another sluggish weekend overall, with revenues – $88 million – down 25% on the same time last year.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller End of Watch has tied for top spot at the US box office
“This was a clash of the non-Titans,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box office tracker Hollywood.com.
“When three films are duking it out for the top spot with only around $13 million, that doesn’t represent a very strong period at the box office.”
British film Dredd had a disappointing opening, going in at number six with $6.3 million.
Perks, Emma Watson’s first film since Harry Potter, took $244,000 but only opened in four cinemas.
The 3D re-release of Finding Nemo was at number four, taking $9.4 million.
Resident Evil: Retribution slipped from the top spot to number five, with $6.7 million.
Other top ten films included The Master and ParaNorman.