Less than a week after Jamie Foxx released his first new song in four years, the Oscar winning actor and musician is being dragged into court over the release. The lawsuit filed by Nontra Records on Thursday against Foxx, DJ Mustard and 2 Chainz over “Party Ain’t a Party,” is a rather atypical copyright lawsuit that centers on the accusation that an instrumental was first given to another artist, J Rand.
The estate of Duke Ellington is hoping to resurrect a royalties lawsuit against EMI Music Publishing, now controlled by Sony/ATV of course, after judges in lower courts sided with the music company in the legal dispute. The lawsuit being led by Ellington’s grandson first emerged in 2010, and centres on a common bone of contention in artist and songwriter circles, what happens to royalties as they move between a big music firm’s global subsidiaries and the division to which the creator is directly signed. It’s common practice for each subsidiary to take a commission, with the artist getting their percentage cut only of the monies that reach their home division.