Quincy Jones: Michael Jackson's Xscape Album Is About Money

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Quincy Jones: Michael Jackson's Xscape Album Is About Money

Jones dismisses posthumous LP as a financial ploy by the King of Pop's estate.

Published May 21, 2014

Quincy Jones isn't exactly excited about the posthumous Michael Jackson album, Xscape, he revealed in an interview with Canada's CBC Radio

Jones shared what he sees as the motivation behind L.A. Reid and Epic Records releasing the project, which dropped May 9. "They're trying to make money and I understand that," he said. "Everybody's after money, the estate, the lawyers … it's about money."

Timbaland steered the production on Xscape, with help from Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, StarGate, Jerome "J Roc" Harmon and John McClain. The project features refurbished versions of eight previously unheard Jackson songs, recorded between 1983 and 1999. 

In spite of a somewhat positive reception from critics and fans, Jones, who most notably worked with Jackson on the groundbreaking Thriller album, admitted to being bothered by the new music. "But it's not my business," he added. "They're not our business."

Xscape is the second Jackson album to come out since his death in 2009. Over the nearly five-year period since then, his estate has raked in more than a $1 billion, and Jones has attempted to recoup on a portion of the pie. Last October, Jones sued the estate for $10 million in unpaid royalties, accusing Sony of remixing his old collaborations with Jackson in order to get out of paying for them. 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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