By Oluwatobi Opusunju
Eric Many Entertainment, a record label to pop star, Runtown has reportedly sued him for alleged breaching of contract.
The record label claimed that for a while he has been deliberately breaching the contract that binds him despite many appeals and warnings.
In the court injunction filed at a Federal High court in Lagos with Suit No: FHC/L/CS/267/2018, the label revealed that “he went for a show in Las Vegas since January 13, 2018 and has since decided to withdraw all obligations of his contract”.
The label also said he has steadily been recording an album without the consent and approval of the record label.
The statement of claim reads in part, “he’s recording with artists like Del B without the written approval of the label and without an Eric Many appointee at the point of recording as agreed in our contract.
“Runtown has also been appearing in venues and collecting appearance fees without the approval of the label and also performing in private shows without the label’s consent which contravenes clause 4.4.1 of his record deal which states that ‘the Defendant (Runtown) can only engage in recording, collaborating or performing with other artistes for third parties or other record companies upon proper notification in advance to the Plaintiff. Upon this notification, the Plaintiff would then enter into an agreement with the collaborating artiste or his record company to ensure that the Plaintiff and the Defendant receive proper credit, legal/copyright protection and compensation for the collaborative work.”
The label revealed that as “Prior Investment,” it has invested about N114,456,670.00 (One Hundred and Fourteen Million, Four Hundredand Fifty Six Thousand,Six Hundred and Seventy Naira) into the development of the “Energy” singer’s musical works and records under the agreement.
However, the label claimed further that Runtown currently owes the label millions of Naira following the acquisition of a luxury car through a loan he got from the label and by doing collaborations without the labels consent which has caused the label a lot of unpaid royalties.
“Hundreds of millions in Naira from the Lamborghini Gallardo super-fast car which he still has to pay back to the label and also an album that must be released through the right channels,” the label said.
“He has been doing numerous collaborations with several artists without getting the written approval of the label and as a result, no royalties have come back to the label from any of these collaborations,” the label reiterated.
Eric Many in its statement of claim is however asking for the sum of Naira 65 million for damages.
“N65 MILLION being General Damages against the Defendant (Runtown) in favour of the Plaintiff for infringement of the Plaintiff’s copyright to the collaborative musical works “Call Me” and “Weekend” both of which featured the Defendant as well as N5 MILLION as costs of this action.
“Eric Many has chosen to hold back on anything pertaining to Runtown, till further investigations. This means that anyone who engages Runtown without a written approval from Eric Many, signed by the chairman, will be sued heavily.”
In June of 2016, the singer was also sued by his record label for same allegations but later settled out of court.
Runtown inked the multi-million Naira recording deal with Eric Many Entertainment in May 2014 and has since released some hit tracks like “Mad Over You”, “For Life” and his most recent “Energy”.
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