September 28, 1994 |
In a move that could upend performers' contracts throughout the recording industry, Metallica, one of the nation's biggest-selling hard-rock groups, sued Time Warner's Elektra Entertainment on Tuesday to end its decade-long association with the Elektra label. The Grammy-winning group, which has sold an estimated 40 million albums worldwide for Elektra since 1984, is basing its claim on a controversial California law designed to free actors from long-term studio deals.
August 16, 1992 |
For 35 years, from Biloxi to Harlem, Marshall Sehorn has made his living in the watch-your-back world of the music business. Along the way he's shared the euphoria of driving a hit to the top of the charts--and the sting of deals gone wrong. There was the night at the Seltzer Club in Charlotte when he found a performer named Wilbert Harrison singing "Kansas City"--a tune that soared to No. 1 in 1959 after Sehorn signed him to a recording contract.
October 22, 1997 |
Death Row Records has sued Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, accusing the powerful Los Angeles accounting firm of fraud and embezzlement. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, contends that the accounting firm and one of its ex-partners, Steven Cantrock, diverted funds, failed to pay bills or file proper income returns for Death Row and its owner Marion "Suge" Knight.
January 25, 2001 |
A San Luis Obispo judge ruled late Tuesday that the parents of a slain teenage girl have failed to prove that violent music by the heavy metal band Slayer incited her murder. Still, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Burke did not dismiss a lawsuit by David and Lisanne Pahler against Slayer, but gave them 60 days to file an amended complaint citing new evidence to support their argument that the marketing of Slayer's music to minors triggered the 1995 slaying of their daughter, Elyse Pahler.
December 6, 1997 |
Singer Toni Braxton filed suit against La Face Records and its parent company, Arista Records, seeking to terminate her recording contract. The case, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, invokes a 50-year-old California law designed to protect movie actors from long-term studio deals. The so-called seven-year rule bars employers from enforcing personal-service contracts for more than seven years. By this measurement, the suit claims Braxton's contract should have expired in August 1996.
January 1, 1992 |
Rapper Biz Markie and Warner Bros. Records have agreed to pay songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan a "substantial" financial payment to resolve a copyright infringement lawsuit by the former British pop star, sources close to the case said Tuesday. O'Sullivan filed the suit Nov. 13 in New York charging that "Alone Again," a song on Markie's "I Need a Haircut" album, contains an unauthorized 20-second slice of--or "digital sample" of--O'Sullivan's 1972 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)."