A music expert has criticised bad quality remixes of Michael Jackson tracks on the fourth day of the Quincy Jones royalties case.
The legendary music producer is suing executives at Sony Entertainment and MJJ Productions, who own the rights to Jackson’s music since his death in 2009.
Jones claims he is owed at least £23 million due to a breach of contract after he believed songs were re-edited to cut him out of royalties and a producer fee. Hits such as Billie Jean, Thriller and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, have all been cited in the trial.
On Friday (14July17) at Los Angeles Superior Court, Michael Fremer, editor of AnalogPlanet.com, was called to the stand in Jones’ defence.
The music expert suggested that the producer’s reputation had been diminished due to the inferior quality of remixes that had been released since Jackson’s death, which included Afrojack’s 2012 version of Bad featuring Pitbull.
“I like club mixes (but Afrojack’s 2012 remix of Jackson’s Bad, featuring Pitbull) is inconsistent with his spirit and who he was,” Fremer told the court.
“Before the trial I did some research and the comments online were really negative about that song. People were outraged. It was just a mess and it should have never come out,” he told Billboard after his court appearance.
The Los Angeles Superior Court judge who presided over the trial hearing, Michael L. Stern, did not consider this strong enough evidence in the case and asked jurors to disregard Fremer’s statement.
It is expected that a verdict will be reached by the end of next week.
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