Quincy Jones has blasted the new Michael Jackson album Xscape.
The legendary producer - who masterminded some of the late singer's biggest hits - thinks the posthumous recording was only released to "make money."
"It's about money. They're trying to make money. And I understand it. Everybody's after money, the estate, the lawyers. It's about money," he said.
Quincy admitted it "bothers" him to see so much of the 'Thriller' star's previously-unreleased music being made public but has learned to accept it has nothing to do with him. When asked if he was bothered by the recordings, he told Jian Ghomeshi's Q talk show on CBC Radio, "Yeah, but it's not my business anymore. They're not our business."
Quincy's comments come months after he launched a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in relation to the recordings released after the "Billie Jean" star's death in June 2009. He alleged master recordings he had worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of back-end profit participation. He also claimed he had been denied credit for his work and that MJJ Productions and Sony Music have entered into deals taking profits that should have been included in the calculation of royalties.
“We are the World, was good the first time….”
Realizing the 25th anniversary-remake of the famous USA for Africa song was a colossal mess, “Quincy Jones” (a.k.a. Kenan Thompson) introduced a newer version of the song yesterday on Saturday Night Live.
It’s not entirely clear where proceeds from “We are the World 3: Raising Awareness of the We are the World 2 Disaster” will go to.
Read More | NBC
First, they sang for Africa. Now, they’ll be singing for Haiti.
To help celebrate the classic “We Are the World” recording, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie will be uniting artists once again to sing for a good cause. Artists in the Los Angeles area for the Jan. 31 Grammys will be asked to participate in this musical event taking place on February 1.
When the original song - co-written by Richie and Michael Jackson - was first released, proceeds generated by the single went toward the relief effort in Africa. Although a 25th anniversary-celebration had already been in the works prior to the earthquake in Haiti, the devastation in that country changed the scope of the plans.
It’s not yet known who will be involved in the new session, though artists including Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend have already been given invites.
“We Are the World” was recorded on January 28, 1985.
Read More | Showbiz 411
UPDATE: You can see some video from the service after the jump.
Michael Jackson was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park last night in a ceremony attended by his family and a host of celebrity friends.
Among the stars who paid their last respects were Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and girlfriend Mila Kunis, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Rev. Al Sharpton, Corey Feldman, Kenny Ortega and Michael’s ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.
The service was due to start at 7pm, but guests were kept waiting by Michael’s family. Their cars did not start the journey to the service until 7.30pm, with the ceremony finally getting underway around two hours later than planned.
© Gear Live Media, LLC. 2007 – User-posted content, unless source is quoted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain License. Gear Live graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, videos, articles, blogs, forums, scripts and other service names are the trademarks of Gear Live Inc.