Quincy Jones on New Michael Album: “They’re Trying To Make Money, I Understand”
Certain Michael Jackson fans aren’t the only people saying that the latest posthumous album release, Xscape, which debuted at #2 with sales of 157,000 copies, was made simply for financial reasons.
During his one-on-one sit down with Jian Ghomeshi on his Q talk show on CBC Radio, Quincy Jones, who served as the mastermind of a great amount of the Michael Jackson hits, stated:
“They’re trying to make money. And I understand it. Everybody’s after money, the estate, the lawyers. It’s about money. It’s not my business anymore.”
He also spoke about working on the best selling album of ALL TIME, Thriller by stating:
“What am I gonna learn from Michael? I don’t wanna be singing and dancing. I didn’t ask him about anything. We told him what songs he was gonna sing. A producer has to do that.”
For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Jones filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in October of 2013 in connection with Jackson’s projects released after the singer’s 2009 death.
He alleged that master recordings he worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of back-end profit participation.
He also asserted that he’d been denied credit for his work on the late singer’s releases and that MJJ Productions and Sony Music have entered into side deals taking profits that should have been included in the calculation of royalties.
In this industry, as fans and music listeners, we sit with our friends in the car, at lunch, or on social media and we speak about how things are done after an artists’ passing just for money, but reality strikes when someone, who is actually in the music industry, is quite aware of those same things.
I’m sure that Michael’s family is aware of the situation, but it makes me wonder if they, excluding Queen Janet, are allowing all of these things to take place so they can split the money amongst themselves… *sips Pepsi and eats Dorito*