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.
April 15, 2001 |
Some people go online for the smut. We sign on for the dirt. And nothing the Internet has to offer quite matches our favorite guilty pleasure, thesmokinggun.com. While other gossip sites deliver rumor and spin, the Smoking Gun serves up documents. Most recently, the Gun has been pointed at the backstage demands of some of the music world's most popular acts, with deliciously dishy results. It's even educational.
June 12, 2001 |
In an apparent first-round victory for music conglomerates, a Los Angeles judge denied most of the arguments presented in rock star Courtney Love's attempt to break her contract with Vivendi Universal. Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman denied 11 of 15 causes of action listed in Love's lawsuit, including her challenge to a provision in California's seven-year-statute that could have paved the way for recording artists to become free agents.
October 8, 1993 |
Pop star George Michael's career rests on his next performance. One year after the singer filed suit to sever his contract with Sony Music Entertainment Ltd., his case comes to trial here Monday, with Michael as the first witness. While any superstar case attracts publicity, Michael's case against the United Kingdom unit of Sony Corp. is garnering particular attention because of the broader ramifications for the record business.
January 31, 1998 |
Pop singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy protection in Los Angeles. Three companies owned by the Grammy-winning R & B artist also filed for Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The move comes just eight weeks after Braxton filed a lawsuit against La Face Records and its parent company, Arista Records, seeking to terminate her recording contract.
December 8, 1990 |
Martha Wash, the singer who says that hers is the real voice behind the pop groups Black Box, Seduction and C&C Music Factory, has signed an eight-year, eight-album contract with RCA. The contract was part of a settlement agreement between Wash and RCA, whom the singer sued after learning that a model lip-synced to Wash's vocals on Black Box's hit songs, "Everybody Everybody" and "I Don't Know Anybody Else," distributed by RCA. Wash also received an undisclosed amount of money.