Quincy Jones Has Received $18 Million Worth Of Royalties
Quincy Jones has earned a whopping $18 million in royalties since Michael Jackson died in 2009.
The amount was revealed on Tuesday during the sixth day of a trial over missing royalties between Jones and Jackson’s estate.
According to Billboard, Quincy Jones accumulated the funds for his work on some of the pop icon’s best known albums, including Bad, Thriller, Off the Wall and This Is It.
The 84-year-old is currently battling with executives at Sony Music and overseers of Jackson’s estate, claiming he is owed about $30 million for his contributions to the legendary star’s catalogue.
David Moro, Sony’s Vice President of Royalty Audits, took the stand to discuss the sum Jones has already received in the eight years since Jackson’s death. Moro maintained that Jones is paid through record royalties rather than funds through a licensing agreement.
Quincy filed the lawsuit in 2003, alleging hit songs like Thriller and Billie Jean were remixed to cheat him out of earning royalties.
Jones is expected to take the stand later this week, as the trial continues.