Michael Jackson’s father has blasted Quincy Jones for suggesting the King of Pop stole his Billie Jean hook from a Donna Summer song
The legendary producer let rip during a very candid Vulture interview recently, during which he hammered acts like U2 and the Beatles and stated the hook from Jackson’s pop anthem is identical to Summer’s song State of Independence.
But Joe Jackson insists Quincy is way off – even though he produced both tracks.
“Quincy Jones [should] know better,” Joe tells TMZ, suggesting his son wrote all his own originals and never had to steal riffs, melodies or beats.
Meanwhile, the controversy over the two songs has led to a surge in sales for the late Summer – her State of Independence hit was streamed online 150 000 times in the 48 hours since Quincy‘s interview debuted last week
That’s a rise of 12 000 per cent, according to Billboard.
The song was released months before Jackson’s Billie Jean hit the top of the charts around the world in 1983.