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R&B Star Jill Scott Claims Record Label Cost Her Millions

Apr. 7 2010, Published 6:15 a.m. ET

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R&B star Jill Scott has filed legal paperwork saying her record label has cost her millions of dollars, has confirmed.

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In an answer to a complaint, Scott alleges she was mismanaged by her record label and says contractual promises were broken.

Independent Record Label Hidden Beach alleges that the multi-platinum singer quit her contact halfway through costing them millions of dollars. As first reported in February, Hidden Beach claims 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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But in an answer to the complaint on Wednesday afternoon, Scott’s attorneys denied Hidden Beach is entitled to anything whatsoever. In her cross complaint, she says she worked with the record label for more than ten years, and is exercising protection under California’s 7-Year Rule, which says no contract for personal services (including a recording contract) is enforceable for more than seven years.

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Jill Scott, who released six albums with Hidden Records, also alleges that the record label broke contractual promises to her regarding “marketing, promotion and terms of compensation, staffing and recording budgets.”

And, while the record label says they lost millions of dollars, Jill says she also suffered “millions of dollars in damages as a result of Hidden Beach’s mismanagement of her career.”

The cross complaint alleges “In a bizarre and unlawful attempt to hold on to Ms. Scott’s name…Hidden Beach has launched and continues to operate a “Jill Scott” website, a “Jill Scott” Facebook page, and a “Jill Scott” MySpace page.” The cross complaint asks for the record label to “stop misusing her name on internet sites”.

Jill’s attorneys are also asking for a jury trial.



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