Production company Phantom Labs is suing legendary pop culture icon Kanye West over allegedly unpaid bills. According to an article on The Fader, Phantom Labs is suing six million dollars in fees that West allegedly failed to pay. Additionally, they are also suing for $1 million for alleged cancellation fees incurred by Phantom Labs as a result of West’s canceled Coachella performance.
Phantom Labs shared its thoughts on the ongoing lawsuit saying, “We are incredibly proud of the work we have done with Ye and are disappointed that such a successful relationship has come to this,” Phantom Labs continued: “ A celebrity weaponizing fame and reputation to take advantage of enthusiastic collaborators is simply unacceptable.
The Phantom Labs lawsuit against West isn’t the only one of its kind to make headlines lately where West is involved or affiliated. In June, West was sued by Ultra International Music Publishing over a complaint that West sampled Marshall Jefferson’s song “Move Your Body” in his 2022 song “Flowers.”
In April this year, Universal Music Group, the rights holder of West’s hugely popular 2010 song “Power”, was sued by Declan Colgan Music Ltd., the rights holder of West’s “21st Century Schizoid Man”. King Crimson, which West sampled in “Power.” . Declan Colgan Music Ltd. alleged that the royalties due to them had been miscalculated. This case is still ongoing.
No doubt Kanye West fans will follow the proceedings of this lawsuit with Phantom Labs as well as the others as they unfold.
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