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'Thriller' producer Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate for unpaid royalties and fees


Music producer Quincy Jones is suing Michael Jackson's estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar's greatest hits.

Jones' lawsuit seeks at least $10 million (£6.2 million) from the singer's estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming they improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film This Is It and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop's songs, the lawsuit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer's credit on the music in This Is It. His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate's profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50, on three of his most popular solo albums, Off the Wall, 'Thriller and Bad.

Jackson's estate said it was saddened by Jones' lawsuit. "To the best of its knowledge, Mr Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael," a statement said.

Jackson's hits Billie Jean, 'Thriller and Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer's fee.

Jones' lawsuit states the producer's contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.