REVIEW || Labels vs Artiste Rifts.18 Feb 2017
Welcome to the review of this one popular headlines which doesn't seem to quit the face of the entertainment industry, in Africa, Europe, Asia & America even worldwide.
You can take into consideration about past occurrences of the topical issue.
Below are artiste who have had similar cases
- 2 Face - Kenis Music
- Jaywon - Kenis Music
- Brymo - Chocolate City
- Iyanya - MMMG
- Runtown - Eric Manny
- Wande Coal - Mo-Hits
- Harrysong - FiveStar Music etc.
Today we'll be looking at a few occasions where the scenario had pounded out and still seems not phase out easily.
Five Star vs Harrysong Saga.
We Paid Questionmark Entertainment 5 million Naira To Release This Ingrate
Via a statement signed by Five Star Music Lawyer, Mr. C.C Chris, the reason for his arrest was made known. One of the many reasons listed included how the label paid 5million naira to buy off his former contract with Questionmark Entertainment and how He breached his new contract with Five Star.
Read the full statement below:
It has become both imperative and necessary to state our position on the ongoing misguided and fallacious news making the rounds in the media between our esteemed record label and Mr. Harry Tare Okri.
Sometime in 2008 when Mr. Harry first approached our record label for a music contract, we immediately declined the request when we found out that he had a subsisting contract with one Mr. Kevin Luciano of ‘Question Mark Entertainment Label’. All efforts then by Mr. Harry to influence our management proved abortive as our position was maintained on grounds of equity, fairness and professionalism.
For further avoidance of doubts on the true facts of the present situation, our management has decided to officially set the records straight, because of negative and pervasive influence being foisted on the psyche of our numerous and well meaning fans.
- Our first encounter with Mr. Harry was sometime in 2008 when he approached our management for a music contract. As stated above, according to our findings at that time, his contract with ‘Question Mark Entertainment Record Label’ was still subsisting and valid. Obviously we declined when we found out that Mr. Harry’s plans were ill orchestrated against his employers, by walking out on them without fulfilling the obligations clearly contained in his running contract with them.
- When Harry’s employers (Question Mark Entertainment) got wind of his frantic efforts to desert his contract, a stern and official public statement was issued against Mr. Harry and a certain clause establishing his existing contract was clearly published for full consumption by the general public.
3a. The tussle continued between Harry and his employers till sometime in 2014 when Harry once again approached us, this time very desperate. We opened preliminary discussions with him but demanded an official document from his former employers relieving him of any obligation or liability with regards to his contract with them.
3b. Our move to do things right and professionally with Mr. Harry earned us a Twenty Million Naira Legal Suit (N20,000,000.00) from Mr. Kevin Luciano of Question Mark Entertainment (Records are there for confirmation). We were joined as co-defendants with Mr. Harry.
Juxtaposing the above with what is going on now, it is quite unfortunate because “Good intentions counts as much as good actions, and the person seeking to do good is as good as someone who actually does it.
3c. Knowing the vulnerability of Mr. Harry on the impending legal suit, we solicited the help of certain well respected individuals in the Music industry to wade into the matter, one of which was our dear veteran Daddy Showkey. Mr. Luciano having found out our intention from inception to act in good faith, agreed to withdraw his suit against Mr. Harry and our company BUT, not without consequential and settlement fees of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00, records available for verification).
We paid this amount solely without Mr. Harry contributing a dime!
- It is often said that “When people sense that someone else is vulnerable, they tend to attack, for when the calf falls, the knives come out”. However, in Mr. Harry’s vulnerable situation, we did nothing of the sort. Rather, we whole heartedly bought all his liability off Question Mark Entertainment Label, and welcomed him as a family into Five Star Music Label, a genuine gesture and decision we are all regretting this present day.
- Because we are known for running our affairs professionally and legally, we signed a three year contract with Mr. Harry and certain conditions and obligations were specifically and properly spelled out apart from the terms of the contract. Most important of these were his obligations to our Music Label, which amongst others include:
- That he must deliver at least, three (3) full music albums on or before the expiration of the first term of his three year contract, otherwise the label solely reserves the right either to rescind or extend the contract.
These conditions were never met.
- While in the employment of the Five Star Music Label, he must not engage himself in anyway whatsoever, whether directly, by proxy or through a third party in any Music or recording business other than that of Five Star Music. This condition was also repeatedly breached as Mr. Harry has been releasing music, going on tours locally and internationally without our consent or paying the agreed percentage to the label.
- Five Star Music wishes to state categorically that this reckless breach of contract by Mr. Harry stands contrary to our company’s work ethics and will therefore be pursued to a logical conclusion using the full instrument of the law.
In setting the records straight, let it be known that before now, the label refrained from instituting any legal actions against him for his blatant breach of contract, just because he was still considered as part of Five Star Music family. However, his posture as clearly manifested through his lawyers whom have continued to write and make all kinds of assertions and threats to the label necessitated our immediate response for the general public to know the truth and inherent facts of the story. For it is said, that facts speaks for themselves.
We therefore advice the general public to tread with caution and desist from transacting any business with Mr. Harry Tare Okri, as same is both illegal and a total breach of his existing contract with our record Label, ‘Five Star Music Label’. Notwithstanding what propaganda he feeds the public, we further advice that proper verifications are made from us, as there is no iota of truth emanating therefrom.
Mr. C.C Chris
Five Star Music Limited
From Harrysong's Corner Alterplate.
Things are definitely getting heated between Harrysong and his former label, Five Star Music.
The latter’s team has finally released a statement surrounding the entire fracas, slamming claims that he begged to be signed.
Via the statement released by Alterplate, and obtained by Thenet.ng, it reads:
It was 8 am and Policemen acting on the instruction of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Onikan, stormed our hotel room to invite Harrysong over for questioning.
As a law abiding citizen with nothing to fear, we got dressed up and set out for the AIGs office and on getting there we were greeted by the presence of a haggard looking young man in cheap pair of suit, identified as Five Star Music lawyer.
Kcee approached Harrysong on bended knees to help salvage his dying career after he fell out with his then partner.
On the other hand, as against the kangaroo statement released by Five Star music earlier today, I wish to also state that Harrysong did not at any time approach anyone or company to sign him; it was rather the other way round.
On the N5million fee paid to Kelvin Luciano of Questionmark records, Harrysong’s team claimed it was their decision as they deemed it fit to sign him all cost.
The team also bragged about savaging Kcee’s career as they managed to recreate his sound, writing hit songs like , first ‘meaningful’ single, ‘Had It Been I Know’, followed by ‘Okpekete’, ‘Limpopo’, ‘Pull Over’ and other songs that defined the Kcee that everyone knows and celebrates today.
The Harrysong And Manager Re-arrest
Singer Harrysong, was reportedly re-arrested.
The ‘Reggae Blues’ crooner, was said to have been re-arrested alongside his manager, Desmond Ike, with both according to a source who spoke to LIB, passing the night at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos. They were picked up on fresh criminal charges and might be charged to court this morning.
‘They were re arrested on fresh criminal charges of fraud, forgery and impersonation. I heard them saying they forged E-Money’s signature to collect money from a brand‘ the source said.
I Wrote Majority Of Five Star Music Songs
Early in November 2016, singer Harrysong, announced his exit from label, Five Star music,launching his music label, ‘Alter Plate’ all in same stride.
During his interview with TheCable Lifestyle, Harrysong, opened up about his time with Five Star music, making it known that he wrote most of the songs that came out of the label.
In his words:
I have learned all through the years from Question mark to Five Star, my contract at Five Star expired and I progressed to open Altar Plate, there is no beef or quarrel. This is what I want to do and I am doing it.
When I was signed under Five Star, I wrote majority of the songs but my departure from Five Star does not mean that it would crumble.
They have talented people like Kcee, Skibii and Xbusta. I came in with my own sound and I have left with my sound. They have their own sound and they will go with that.”
On his new company, he clearly stated that Five Star music will have no part whatsoever in it.“
Five Star is not contributing Altar Plate, this is all about Harrysong. We have our website and our social media platform to keep fans updated about our activities.
There is no possibility of returning to Five Star. My contract has expired and I have started Altar Plate so there is no going back but I will always appreciate them. If I am called upon to do anything, maybe write a song, I will.
On new signees especially female singers, the ‘Reggae Blues’ crooner, said he might be signing one when needed.
We have female artistes that are doing well in the industry, a lot of them and maybe I will try one as we progress. If we need one, we will get one.