EXCLUSIVE: Singer Jill Scott Accused Of Stiffing Record Label

Feb. 3 2010, Published 7:35 a.m. ET

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Top selling Grammy winning R & B singer Jill Scott is being sued by her former record label who say she has turned her back on them after they helped mold her career and shoot her to fame. 

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Independent record label Hidden Beach have filed a lawsuit against Scott for Damages and Breach of Contract.

In the papers Hidden Beach claim that Scott was a virtual unknown when they took a chance and signed her to them a decade ago, and that Hidden “poured it’s heart and soul into making poet and soul and R & B singer and songwriter Jill Scott a superstar”.

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They claim that Hidden’s hard work “resulted in Scott becoming one of the most well-known, highly respected recording artists of our time.”

So, as you can imagine, it came as a “complete shock” to the label when they were informed by Scott’s attorney on October 7th 2009 that Scott “has decided to move on” and “will no longer perform recording services for Hidden Beach”. This despite a contract to deliver another three studio albums to the label.

In the papers Hidden Beach document their history of commitment to Scott and their advertising and promotional campaigns they invested in to promote her as an artist. They also claim that they spent $450,000 on producing and filming one of her concerts, at her request, only to have her subsequently decide not to release the finished project in fear that “if people saw her perform on a DVD they would not want to pay to see her perform live.”

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Hidden also claim that they helped develop Scott’s career as an actress even though it did not financially benefit them as a company, and it was through Hidden’s efforts that Scott secured a role in the 2007 movie, Why Did I Get Married.

Hidden are suing Scott for undisclosed damages as well as attorney fees and other associated costs.


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