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Quincy Jones Awarded $9.42 Million in Royalties Suit With Michael Jackson's Estate

Quincy Jones has been awarded $9.42 million ($9,423,695) after a trial that ended with a Los Angeles jury finding in the producer’s favor in a royalties dispute with Michael Jackson’s estate, Variety reports.

The lawsuit, which Jones filed in 2013, stemmed from Jones’ claim that he was owed royalties for a series of projects that were released after Jackson died, including the music used in two Cirque du Soleil productions and music featured in the This Is It concert film. Jones said he was owed $30 million.

Last week, Jones took the witness stand and claimed he was “cheated out of a lot of money” by the Jackson estate.

During the two-week trial, lawyers debated over interpreting the contract language that determined how Jones’ royalties should be computed, particularly the contracts from Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. Attorneys for Jones argued that those contracts entitled Jones to royalties from the posthumous This is It along with proceeds from the two Cirque du Soleil shows. Meanwhile, Howard Weitzman, who represented the Jackson estate, argued that Jackson made the major contributions to the sound of each song. 

“While the jury denied Quincy Jones $21 million – or more than two-thirds of what he demanded — from The Estate of Michael Jackson, we still believe that giving him millions of dollars that he has no right to receive under his contracts is wrong,” Weitzman and Zia Modabber, attorneys for The Estate of Michael Jackson, said in a statement. “This would reinterpret the legal language in, and effectively rewrite, contracts that Mr. Jones lived under for more than three decades, admitted he never read, referred to as ‘contract, montract,’ and told the jurors he didn’t ‘give a damn’ about. Any amount above and beyond what is called for in his contracts is too much and unfair to Michael’s heirs. Although Mr. Jones is portraying this is a victory for artists’ rights, the real artist is Michael Jackson and it is his money Mr. Jones is seeking.”

Following the verdict, Jones said in a statement via Variety, “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.

“This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created,” he continued. ” Although this judgement is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter. I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists’ rights overall.”

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DIECHOTOMY Reveal Cover Artwork And Track Listing For Self-Titled Debut Album

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Swinging Popsicle Spreads Joy at Special One-Man Live

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7 Minutes In Heaven Releases Video for "Symmetry"

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Watch U2, Patti Smith Perform Moving 'Mothers of the Disappeared' in Paris

U2 closed their Paris concert on Tuesday by bringing out Patti Smith for a moving performance of “Mothers of the Disappeared.” Bono and Smith trade lead vocals, with the latter interpolating lyrics from her 1988 single, “People Have the Power.”

“I was dreaming in my dreaming/ of an aspect bright and fair,” Smith recited over the Edge’s skyrocketing guitar tone and Bono’s yelp. “And my sleeping it was broken/ But my dream it lingered near.” The singers embraced onstage after finishing the set. 

The Paris show was U2’s latest stop on their tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their multi-platinum 1987 LP, The Joshua Tree. The band will launch another North American leg September 3rd in Detroit.

Paris has become a special destination for U2. In December 2015, Smith joined the band onstage to perform portions of “People Have the Power” during their show in the French capital, which was rescheduled following the terror attack that killed over 120 people. Smith also performed “People Have the Power” with U2 two months earlier in London. 

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