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Runtown In Hot Soup

Nigerian pop star, Runtown, (Douglas Jack Agu) is in big trouble as the Federal High Court has slammed him with an interim injunction over breach of contract.

Eric Many, the record label that signed Runtown has filed an injunction at a Federal High court against him for breach of contract for the second time in 2-years.

The entertainment company served the singer the court papers some few days back Suit No: FHC/L/CS/267/2018 with a statement that partly reads… “Runtown has been deliberately breaching his contract with us (Eric Many) for a while and despite our many appeals to him he has refused to bulge. He went for a show in Las Vegas since January 13th, 2018 and has since decided to withdraw all obligations of his contract. He has steadily been recording an album without the consent and approval of his record label.”

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According to the statement of claim filed at the Federal High Court, by the entertainment company, it states that:  “a Recording Agreement was made between the Plaintiff and the Defendant dated 22nd June 2016, the copyright and other intellectual property and cognate rights and legal positions and protections applicable to all works done by the Defendant during an initial period of two years covered by the Agreement, is vested in the Plaintiff.”

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“The Plaintiff will rely on a copy of the said Recording Agreement at trial. 7. Under the Agreement, parties recognize and acknowledge the sum of N114,456,670.00 (One Hundred and Fourteen Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy Naira) as “Prior Investment”, representing the sum invested by the Plaintiff into the development of the Defendant’s musical works and records under the defunct ‘Artiste Agreement’, precursor to the ‘Recording Agreement.”

It would be recalled that this will be the second time in two years that the singer has had to face off with his label. In May 2016, he was sued in the Federal High Court by Eric Many on allegations that he signs up, concludes and attends musical shows without the knowledge of the label. Back then, Eric Many also secured a court injunction stopping him from performing as an artiste anywhere in the world. But he later returned to the label to apologize and the case was settled out of court.

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