Childish Gambino is now being sued by his former record label over a streaming royalties dispute.
TMZ reported on 6 July that Glassnote Records had filed a case against the ‘This Is America’ artist over unpaid streaming royalties. Now, the label have confirmed to Pitchfork that they only filed a complaint and requested that the contract dispute is mediated in court.
Glassnote wrote a statement to the website that the reporting by TMZ is “not accurate”, adding: “We are not claiming Donald Glover screwed us out of anything.”
“Donald Glover made a claim that he was owed 95% of SoundExchange royalties when we are legislatively and contractually required to share those royalties 50/45,” the statement continues. “When we tried to assert our position, he became strident.
“His lawyers sent a demand for $1.5mm and threatened a lawsuit on his behalf. We have simply asked the court to review the contract and to provide a declaration of relief that our position is correct pursuant to our contract and federal copyright law and that monies paid by SoundExchange to Glassnote can be retained by Glassnote, in the same way that monies paid by SoundExchange to Donald Glover can be retained by him.”
They also stated: “I’d like to point out that in our 11 years of operating we have never been in litigation with an artist.
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