(EXCLUSIVE) Sisqo’s Ex Label Denies Owing Singer Music Royalties
theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Sisqo was not screwed out of $600k in music royalties — so says his former record label, who have headed to court pointing the finger at the company the singer hired to collect his royalties NOT them. They are demanding the claims against them be thrown out.
Last year, Sisqo (real name Mark Andrews) filed a federal lawsuit against 27 Red Music Publishing and Sony Music accusing them of stealing more than half a million dollar of royalties he was owed.
The singer claimed that he hired a company, 27 Red Music, to collect his music royalties from various publishing companies. The company was to collect all money he was owed for his music released from 1996 to 2005. Sisqo’s biggest hit in that time frame was the legendary “Thong Song” from 1999.
The complaint explained that the 27 Red Music did collect the royalties but failed to hand over $600k he was owed, the singer filed suit for the $600k he was owed along with $3 million in punitive damages from the company for withholding music royalties.
Then on May 4th, EMI April Music – incorrectly sued under Sony Music in the lawsuit – fired back at Sisqo’s allegations of screwing him out of music royalty payments.
The label explains that the artist failed to bring his lawsuit in the time required by law – with the statute of limitations saying Sisqo had until 2009 to file such a case.
Further, EMI says that they were instructed to send all royalties to 27 Red Music back in 2005, which they say they have done.
They say that if Sisqo has any issue with his royalties being paid, he needs to take it up with 27 Red Music not them. They simply were following orders on who they were told to pay the royalties to for Sisqo. EMI is demanding the entire lawsuit be thrown out and the rapper be awarded nothing from them in this legal battle.
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