- "The notes don't lie, man," said Quincy Jones
- Quincy Jones also said Michael Jackson was "greedy"
- He was as Machiavellian as they come, he said
He specifically cited Billie Jean - a signature song off the Jones-produced Thriller, the top-selling album of all times.
Mr Jones suggested similarities between the song and disco queen Donna Summer's State of Independence, which was also produced by Jones and released several months earlier in 1982.
Few listeners would immediately associate the two songs, although both open and are built on unusually lengthy synthesized bass lines.
Mr Jones also said Mr Jackson was "greedy" and should have given partial writing credit to keyboardist Greg Phillinganes for his song Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough.
Mr Jones' allegations run against prevailing public perceptions of Jackson, who died in 2009 and is often viewed as a tortured soul with little financial acumen as he amassed wealth.
Mr 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.
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