Michael Jackson’s Dad Reacts to Quincy Jones Saying the Pop Legend Stole Music

In case you somehow missed last week’s juicy Vulture interview with Quincy Jones, the famous producer made some pretty wild allegations. According to Jones, he once dated Ivanka Trump, who apparently has “the most beautiful legs” but “the wrong father,” Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando had sex once (which Pryor’s widow confirmed), and Michael Jackson “stole a lot of stuff.” Specifically, Jones said Michael stole “Billie Jean” and “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.”

TMZ started to ask Joe Jackson on Saturday at the restaurant Toscanova in Calabasas, CA if his son did, in fact, steal the hook of “Billie Jean” from Donna Summer’s song “State of Independence.” Joe immediately chimed in and said, “I raised Michael, he’s my son. Quincy Jones, he knows better. I don’t want to talk about it.” When asked if he thinks Michael wrote “Billie Jean,” he said, “Yes, correct.”

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34 thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s Dad Reacts to Quincy Jones Saying the Pop Legend Stole Music

  1. is it stealing, or taking inspiration/enhancing? I'm sure he'd heard the song, and weather it be consciously or subconsciously he may have taken inspiration or had it in his head. Stealing doesn't paint an accurate picture though.

    Everything that is creative or artistic is inspired by or based off of something that came before it.

    Quincey was clearly still bitter at MJ's estate or possibly Michael himself.

  2. I don't know a lot about the guy, but I would imagine Michael was something of a musical sponge. The line between inspiration and straight up theft is a blurry one. I would imagine it'd be hard to work with someone like Donna Summer and NOT walk away with those tunes in your head!!

  3. but even hall and oates said that at the 'we are the world' session, michael approached them and said apologised for "stealing" from them.. and they laughed and were humble about it. i dont think "stealing" has the same negative connotation for them than it does for people now..

  4. Quincy should know better than anyone that there’s only 12 notes. There’s billions of songs. Some shit is bound to have some of the notes. Like how part of “I’ll Be Good To You” by The Brother’s Johnson and “If I Was Your Girlfriend” by Prince Sound almost the same. Nobody said shit

  5. if u didn't say it to the man's face, stfu. Quincy should talk about his son PAYING radio stations to play songs he produced!! like power 106. just like his daddy use to back in the day.

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