Quincy Jones gave a blunt assessment of the latest Michael Jackson album, “Xscape.” —
The music legend said, “It’s about money.” during an interview on Jian Ghomeshi’s “Q” talk show.
Jones, clearly isn’t a fan of the “new” stuff.
“They’re trying to make money. And I understand it. Everybody’s after money, the estate, the lawyers. It’s about money,” he said.
When asked if he was bothered by the ongoing rollout of recordings featuring the late King of Pop, Jones had this to say:
“Yeah, but it’s not my business anymore. They’re not our business (laughs).”
Jones’ comments come on the heels of a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit he filed in connection with Jackson’s projects released after the singer’s 2009 death. In a complaint filed last October in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jones alleged that master recordings he worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of back-end profit participation. Jones 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.