ICYMI: Jones — who produced Jackson’s chart-smashing hits ‘Thriller’, ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’ and more — claimed MJ was “greedy” and ripped off several songs.
“Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs,” Jones alleged. “[Donna Summer’s] ‘State of Independence’ and ‘Billie Jean.’ The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come … Greedy, man. Greedy.”
Now, MJ’s fam have hit back, with one member of the Jackson clan telling Fairfax that 84-year-old Jones “must have the first stages of dementia”.
While Michael’s father, Joe, has told Page Six (via the Post) that he reckons Jones was “quite jealous of Michael because he’s never worked with someone with all of that talent”, adding that Jones himself is the one to blame for any similarities there might be between ‘Billie Jean’ and Donna Summer’s hit.
“He says my son stole it, but he was the producer on both [‘Billie Jean’ and ‘State of Independence’], so if anybody is wrong it would be Quincy,” Jackson said.
The bad blood between Quincy Jones and the late King Of Pop runs deep, with their feud dating back almost 30 years to when Michael reportedly lobbied against Jones receiving Grammy recognition for his work producing the 1982 smash-hit album Thriller.
Jones also recently won a $9.4 million court victory against MJ’s estate to recover past unpaid royalties.
During his recent interview with Vulture, Jones also slammed The Beatles, calling them “the worst musicians in the world” and “no-playing motherfuckers”.
Compare MJ’s ‘Billie Jean’ with Donna Summer’s ‘State Of Independence’ for yourself below.