Months after word got out about Marvin Gaye‘s estate filing a lawsuit against Sony/ATV music publishing group for Robin Thicke‘s summer smash “Blurred Lines,” it appears they have reached an agreement – out of court:
Marvin Gaye’s family and publishing company Sony/ATV have reached an undisclosed settlement with the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit that began last year. [...] They also filed a lawsuit against EMI April, a subsidiary of Sony/ATV, that owns publishing rights to both “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up.” Gaye’s children are citing that EMI April failed to protect their father’s catalog of music. Initially EMI said the charges were “frivolous” but apparently since they decided to settle, their must have been something to the Gaye’s claims.
Back in October 2013, Marvin’s children Frankie Gaye and Nona Gaye counter-sued Robin Thicke, T.I. & Pharrell after the three artists filed a complaint for declaratory relief. In the meantime, that lawsuit is still getting ironed out between both parties and EMI April, a subsidiary of Sony/ATV.
According to the LA Times, singer-songwriter JoJo has finally been released from her 7-year, unproductive & idle record deal with Blackground/Da Family records, after filing a lawsuit against the Universal Music Group-affiliate:
In the suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in July and obtained by The Times, the singer claimed that the labels had essentially been holding her hostage for the better part of seven years.
Among her complaints in the suit was that Blackground and Da Family failed to release her third album despite delivery and acceptance of recordings and that the labels neglected to pay producers and “other vendors” she collaborated with.
More important, she argued that because her deal with the labels was signed when she was a minor, laws in both New York and California stipulated that she could not be bound to the contract after a period of seven years.
Now that she is free to finally release new music commercially, the 23-year-old songstress is working on for her long-awaited 3rd studio album via Atlantic Records of Warner Music Group.