Childish Gambino files lawsuit for $10,000 against former label

Childish Gambino is not playing around with former Independent label Glassnote Records. The multi-talented writer, actor, comedian and musician, real name Donald Glover, has filed a new $10,000 lawsuit for unpaid streaming royalties against Glassnote. Marking yet another complicated chapter in the ongoing royalties dispute with his former label.

According to Pitchfork, Glover’s lawsuit states that Glassnote miscalculated payments he was due, which was in breach of their licensing agreement. The lawsuit goes on to state that there has been a breach of contract, good faith, along with fair dealing and fiduciary duty as well as negligence.

Back in July, Glassnote filed a complaint against Glover. Insisting that from the $700,000 in streaming royalties he received, they were yet to be paid.

In addition to which, they state that Glover has been paid $8 million on the understanding he will back back $2 million in royalties over the course of 3 months. A spokesperson for Glassnote said:

“Donald Glover made a claim that he was owed 95% of SoundExchange royalties when we are legislatively and contractually required to share those royalties 50/45,”

However, this is in absolute contradiction to the lawsuit, which clearly states that Glassnote took 100% of Glover’s SoundExchange royalties. In total, Childish Gambino is seeking a complete dismissal of the complaint as well as the owed royalties and further damages.

Glassnote have put out three Childish Gambino studio albums:

Camp in 2011, Because of the Internet in 2013 and “Awaken My Love” in 2016.

Donald Glover’s issues with Glassnote stretch back at least 4 years ago, to a now deleted tweet in which he stated he was frustrated with how they were promoting his music, and that they didn’t make him a priority  because he wasn’t loud or outrageous. Fortunately as of earlier this year he signed for RCA, no doubt giving him the backing and promotion he deserves.


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