Songwriter Linda Perry
is suing Warner Music Group subsidiary Atlantic Records for allegedly cheating her out of millions of dollars in royalties from her protege, British singer James Blunt
The former 4 Non Blondes
singer's record company, Custard, filed suit for breach of contract on Tuesday against Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records, which distributed Blunt's album Back To Bedlam
Perry, who has written hits for artists including Gwen Stefani
and Christina Aguilera
, claims to have discovered Blunt in 2003 - signing him to her label and delivering his debut album to Atlantic.
The lawsuit, filed in New York's Manhattan federal court, is seeking $5 million in damages and a larger share of royalties from the album, which has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide.
Perry claims her original contract with Atlantic agreed to award her label 20 per cent of the money from the U.S. sales of Back To Bedlam
, with Custard then passing on 13 per cent to Blunt.
But the songwriter alleges that after the album's initial success, Atlantic reacted to demands from Blunt's management for a greater share of the royalties by reducing Custard's share from seven per cent to four per cent, instead of cutting their own profits.
The suit goes on to accuse Atlantic of abusing its relationship with her smaller independent record label, saying, "Atlantic's wrongdoing follows the far too familiar scenario involving a large multinational corporate record company which takes advantage of a small, independent production company after the production company presents the major label with a promising new artist."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)