Cash Money Records’ legal woes continue to pile up. According to a report from TMZ, Birdman’s label is now involved in yet another lawsuit after two songs the label put out used samples without paying the original songwriters. The songs in question are Lloyd’s “You,” f/ Lil Wayne, and Glasses Malone’s “Certified,” f/ Akon. “You” samples “True” by Spandeau Ballet, a popular British rock group from the 1980s.
According to theTMZreport, the sampled artists have brought a lawsuit against Cash Money seeking $3.3 million in damages for the lack of payments. Although “Certified” was a relatively minor song for Cash Money, “You” was a major hit. The song peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2007, becoming Lil Wayne’s second top 10 single. It also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart during that same year. A remix of the song featured contributions from Nas and André 3000.
This isn’t the only legal battle Cash Money is dealing with right now, either. The label iscurrently embroiled in several lawsuits, most notably a $51 million suit brought forward by Lil Wayne. Wayne claims Birdman shorted him millions of dollars in royalty payments and is seeking to splice his Young Money label from Cash Money.
Wayne has also filed a $40 million lawsuit against Cash Money’s parent company Universal Music Group, claiming the company withheld millions of dollars in royalty payments following the success of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga in order to pay back debts Birdman accrued with Cash Money. Neither of those lawsuits has been settled.
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