Quincy Jones Says Michael Jackson Was ‘Greedy’ And Stole Other People’s Music
Legendary music producer, Quincy Jones, who frequently collaborated with Michael Jackson, has accused the late King of Pop of plagiarizing some of his hits.
‘I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs,’ Quincy sensationally told Vulture, the culture site of New York magazine.
‘The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come,’ said 85-year-old Quincy, who has 27 Grammy Awards to his name.
He specifically cited Billie Jean – a signature song off the Jones-produced Thriller, the top-selling album of all times.
Jones suggested similarities between the song and disco queen Donna Summer‘s State of Independence, which was also produced by Jones and released several months earlier in 1982.
Few listeners would immediately associate the two songs, although both open and are built on unusually lengthy synthesised bass lines.
Jones also said Jackson was “greedy” and should have given partial writing credit to keyboardist Greg Phillinganes for his song Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.
‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Greg Phillinganes wrote the c section,’ Quincy insisted. ‘Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it.’
While chatting to Vulture, Quincy was equally candid about Michael’s personal issues, saying he had raised concern to the singer over his plastic surgery.
‘I used to kill him about the plastic surgery, man. He’d always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had. Bulls***,’ said Quincy.
According to Jones, the Thriller singer ‘had a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him. What do you expect?’
Jones has remained active as an octogenarian, recently launching the Qwest TV video streaming service for jazz, but has also made a stream of headline-grabbing comments with a generous sprinkling of profanity.
In a recent interview with GQ magazine, he said he had 22 girlfriends around the world, spoke 26 languages and had undergone a cutting-edge treatment in Sweden to help him live to 110.
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