Quincy Jones says Michael Jackson stole songs
NEW YORK - AFP
"I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff. He stole a lot of songs," Jones said in an interview full of eyebrow-raising comments published on Feb. 6 by Vulture, the culture site of New York magazine.
"The notes don't lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come," the 84-year-old music veteran said.
He specifically cited "Billie Jean," a signature song off the Jones-produced "Thriller," the top-selling album of all times.
Few listeners would immediately associate the two songs, although both open and are built on unusually lengthy synthesized bass lines.
The producer voiced sympathy over Jackson's personal issues, saying he had raised concern to the singer over his plastic surgery and blamed abuse by the singer's father for the King of Pop's poor self-image.
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.