Mary J. Blige Sued For $2 Million

Published: Thursday 7th Aug 2008 by Sam
Mary J. Blige Sued For $2 MillionThe Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul Mary J. Blige has been hit with whopping $2 Million fine over the ‘illegal’ placement of a track from her most recent LP ‘Growing Pains’:

Producer Theron (NEEF-U) Feemster wrote the music for the song “Work That,” but the tune is owned by Dream Family Entertainment Inc., according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court.

The court filing claims the New York-based firm never gave Blige, Feemster or Geffen Records, the distributor, rights to use the song.

“Mr. Feemster created the music while he was under contract with Dream Family. Dream Family then owned the music, yet the music was used without permission in a Mary J. Blige release recording,” said Dream lawyer Brian Caplan.

“It was released as an album, a single and in a commercial,” Caplan said.

Rights to the lyrics of the song – which was featured with Blige in an iPod commercial – are not in question.

Geffen Records, Feemster and representatives for Blige didn’t return calls.

Caplan said it was unclear if Blige knew the music belonged to someone other than Feemster, and said the producer “had no rights to the music he used.” {Source}

It’s always somewhat baffling to see issues like this arise with such renown and high-caliber artists. You’d think all the ‘formal stuff’ was tended to prior to the album dropping. Randomess: ‘Work That’ wasn’t even all that great IMO anyway lol…

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  1. Anonymous August 7, 2008

    The article is misleading. The lawsuit is against Feemster, Geffen Records, and Mary J. They just want money and if Mary and Geffen say they did not know the writer/producer did not have rights to sell Mary the song then only Feemster would be liable.

  2. Anonymous August 7, 2008

    that song has been out since November of 2007!!! He is just getting pissed off WTF!!! he shouldnt get s*** he took to f****** long. Imma shoot his ass if he dont leave my girl mary alone. Punkass b****!!!

  3. Anonymous August 7, 2008

    I always find it strange that people always sue artists in these situations, months or sometimes years after the song or album has been released, as if they just found out.

    I think they always wait to see if the artist makes enough money with the songs and then sue them so they can get more money..

    and you dont think he song is great?! then you havnt been to her concert, when that song started the crowd went wild! everyone started jumping! haha I love that song

  4. Anonymous August 7, 2008

    damn sam That song is awesome!
    but i still love tgj lol

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