Diddy’s Bad Boy Records Accused Of Not Paying Boy Group B5: I’ve Never Seen A Penny From Our Albums!
Yesterday (July 19th) marked the 15-year anniversary of the release of former Bad Boy Records R&B group, B5‘s, debut album. The group saw moderate success from their Jackson 5 cover song, “All I Do,” Disney Channel appearances, and a slot on the Scream 4 Tour alongside Bow Wow and Omarion.
But in a revealing Instagram post, the group’s youngest member Bryan Breeding revealed they never received a paycheck from Diddy for their Bad Boy releases. Bryan Breeding told fans:
“15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
15 years from today my life was changed forever. Releasing our first commercial self titled album “B5” on July 19th 2005. Looking back at it now is full of bitter sweet memories. Sharing my life with my 4 older brothers and cousin (Carnell) music was my pride, joy and passion.
Only short lived though, after being exposed to the deep levels of politics and agendas quickly helped me realized that the music business is less about music and more about the “business”. Which was fine to overlook (at the age of 12) and stay focused on my craft, trying to protect my innocence for the love of music.
BUT This is usually the beginning of exploits for snakes to come into the picture cleverly hiding behind contracts only in favor of the one(s) creating it.”
He continued, adding that the only money B5 received was earned from live performances and merchandise:
“We made about 99.9% of all our income from live performances & merchandise and till this day I’ve never seen a PENNY from any of our B5 commercial albums.
For years! We reach out to lawyers, advisors and even TV networks for a chance to help us or tell our story and no one ever touched it with a 10 foot pole.
So here I AM! telling my story, my truth and not from a “woe is me” perspective but as an example for the next generation of young artists to WRITE and OWN your content! READ your contracts and create new sounds for the LOVE of music, as a expression of who YOU ARE! You dont need to compromise for the bag or the glamorized “Record Label Deal” we have enough artist like that and doing a great job at it.
What I dream to see in the
NOW-future is a world full of new beautiful music from authentic souls!”
Yikes! The group’s lead singer, Patrick Breeding, also revealed that Disney never paid his brother, Kelly, for contributing to a “High School Musical” promo single.
This isn’t the first case of a former Bad Boy artist claiming they were cheated out of paychecks by Diddy. Both rapper Mase and Q Parker of R&B group 112 say they haven’t received full payment from the publishing of their songs.
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