According to reports, QuestionMark Entertainment boss, Kelvin Luciano, has filed a N20m suit against Kcee’s Five Star Music Label.
The suit was filed against singer Harrysong for allegedly evading his contract with QuestionMark, and against Five Star Music for entering into a new contract with Harry Song despite knowing that he was yet to serve out his contract with his former label.
According to a statement signed by Luciano, ’QuestionMark Entertainment was into separate exclusive music recording, artist management and music publishing contracts with HarrySong in 2009. The obligations of parties to the said contracts have neither lapsed nor have they been fulfilled.’
However, reports reveal that the contracts, along with all attendant rights and liabilities of the parties thereto, therefore still subsist since the contract was supposed to last for five years.
A source from QuestionMark’s camp disclosed that before the suit, Luciano had expended all efforts and means to reach an amicable settlement with Harry Song and KCEE’s Five Star Music.
‘It is because of their nonchalant attitude that we have decided to take the matter to court since they were not ready to sit and talk it out,’ the source, who requested anonymity, said.
Responding to the suit, Soso Soberekon who doubles as an exec at Five Star Music and KCEE’s manager denied receiving any court injunction on the matter.
‘Kevin has been on this for a while but we are yet to receive any court injunction about this matter,’ he said.
He, however, admitted that negotiations are currently ongoing to resolve the matter.
‘All I can tell you now is that we are currently discussing how we can settle this matter amicably without heightening it further,’ Soberekon said.
Harrysong is famed for writing KCEE’s hit song ‘Limpopo’ and for making the Nelson Mandela tribute song that became the most downloaded caller tune with over a million downloads on the day of its release.
Kevin Luciaino and Qmark aren’t new to controversies regarding contractual agreements with their artistes.
The likes of Asa, Street Monks and most recently Ego (now called Safarie), all left the label on controversial terms.