Friday, July 16, 2010

Chaka Demus and Pliers Sue for Royalties

Dancehall/Reggae artists Chaka Demus and Pliers are suing their record company for approximately $10 million in unpaid royalties and trademark infringement. The suit was filed against the Universal Music Group and states that the record company misappropriated and diverted monies owned by the artists. The artists claimed in the suit that they signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal-owned label Island Records in October 22 1992, which allowed the artists to retain all rights to the trademark Chaka Demus and Pliers.

In addition to the $10 million, Demus and Pliers are also demanding an injunction ordering Universal Music to cease the sale, production and performances of their music. The suit was filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.

Born John Taylor (aka Chaka Demus) and Everton Bonner (aka Pliers) the duo had major hits in the 1990s such as “Bam Bam”, “Tease Me” and "Murder She Wrote" featuring then Dancehall Queen Carlene.

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