Jones – who has produced and worked with artists including Frank Sinatra – Ray Charles – Aretha Franklin – Paul Simon and Miles Davis among others – caused controversy with a frank interview with Vulture earlier in February.
During the talk he claimed Jackson ‘stole a lot of stuff’ from other artists and alleged that the iconic bass riff on his hit single ‘Billie Jean’ was lifted from ‘State of Independence’ recorded by Donna Summer in 1982.
Questioned further about how he would produce a track Jones said: ‘I’ll figure something out.
Man, the song is the sh*t—that’s what people don’t realise.
A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star.
A bad song can’t be saved by the three best singers in the world. I learned that 50 years ago’.
Later in the sprawling interview Jones discusses buying drugs from Malcolm X – Ray Charles shooting heroin into his testicles – and working with Prince.