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Jamaican Stars Chaka Demus and Pliers Sue Universal Music

July 15, 2010 8:35 PM | Dancehall | Comments (0)

The record company of Chaka Demus and Pliers is being sued for more than $10 million in unpaid royalties and trademark infringement.  The reggae act, Chaka Demus and Pliers, is best known for their nineties hit "Murder She Wrote".

The suit, filed this week by lawyers, claims Universal Music Group, misappropriated and diverted monies owed to the act that had major hits, including Murder She Wrote,' 'Tease Me' and 'Twist and Shout.' The suit was filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan under the artists' real names John Taylor; Chaka Demus and Everton Bonne; Pliers.

They 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.

It is said that the company had "withheld the monies and royalties payments" from the inception of the contract.

The two reggae stars are not only asking for a court award of more than $10 million, but also demanding an injunction ordering Universal Music to cease the sale, production and performances of the their music. Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company and is owned by French media giant Vivendi SA.


Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote


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