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Grammy Award winning artist H.E.R. files lawsuit to leave her record company MBK Entertainment


Grammy Award winning artist H.E.R. files lawsuit to leave her record company MBK Entertainment

  • The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is suing MBK, run by her longtime manager Jeff Robinson, for the rights to her music catalog 
  • The Slide singer originally signed with Robinson and the label back in 2011 when she was just 14 years old
  • Legal documents show she is suing for ‘declaratory relief and violation of the business and professions code’ 
  • She filed the lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California in Los Angeles County last week
  • According to the documents, the contract H.E.R. initially signed made her an ‘exclusive employee’ 
  • That ‘ended the later of 15 months after May 19, 2011, or 12 months after the commercial release in the United States of Wilson’s first album under the contract, and up to five additional Option Periods of more than one year each
  • She also claimed in the lawsuit that Robinson, who previously managed Alicia Keyes, fired the law firm that first represented her 
  • She has released five EPs since 2016 and a number of singles since the early 2010s. She’s won an Academy Award and five Grammy Awards 

H.E.R. has filed a lawsuit against the record company MBK Entertainment, Variety reported. 

The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is suing MBK, run by her longtime manager Jeff Robinson, for the rights to her music catalog. 

The Slide singer originally signed with Robinson and the label back in 2011 when she was just 14 years old. 

Legal affair: H.E.R. has filed a lawsuit against the record company MBK Entertainment, Variety reported (pictured April 2022)

Legal affair: H.E.R. has filed a lawsuit against the record company MBK Entertainment, Variety reported (pictured April 2022)

The outlet cited legal documents reported on by The Blast that show she is suing for ‘declaratory relief and violation of the business and professions code.’ 

She filed the lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California in Los Angeles County last week. 

According to the documents, the contract H.E.R. initially signed made her an ‘exclusive employee’ which ‘ended the later of 15 months after May 19, 2011, or 12 months after the commercial release in the United States of Wilson’s first album under the contract, and up to five additional Option Periods of more than one year each.’ 

Lawsuit: The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is suing MBK, run by her longtime manager Jeff Robinson, for the rights to her music catalog (pictured March 2021)

Lawsuit: The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is suing MBK, run by her longtime manager Jeff Robinson, for the rights to her music catalog (pictured March 2021)

Former client: Robinson used to represent Alicia Keyes (pictured June 2022)

Former client: Robinson used to represent Alicia Keyes (pictured June 2022)

Her lawyers contend that she believed she was an exclusive employee ‘past the current date [May 19, 2011] and potentially until much longer, as each Option Period is keyed to a commercial release by MBK of a record album.’ 

She also claimed in the lawsuit that Robinson, who previously managed Alicia Keyes, fired the law firm that first represented her. 

‘Robinson caused his own lawyers to represent Wilson in the negotiation of subsequent contracts, including publishing and touring agreements,’ the lawsuit reads. 

She went on to allege that ‘those lawyers took 5% of the deals they negotiated, but did not have a written fee agreement or a conflict waiver signed by Wilson, and said that they performed the services “as a favor” to their client Robinson who was paid 20% commission for each of those deals.’ 

Allegedly taking control: She also claimed in the lawsuit that Robinson, who previously managed Alicia Keyes, fired the law firm that first represented her (pictured right March 2021)

Allegedly taking control: She also claimed in the lawsuit that Robinson, who previously managed Alicia Keyes, fired the law firm that first represented her (pictured right March 2021)

Debut album: The California native released her first studio album titled Back of My Mind last June (pictured April 2022 with Lenny Kravitz)

Debut album: The California native released her first studio album titled Back of My Mind last June (pictured April 2022 with Lenny Kravitz) 

H.E.R. also said she believes MBK ‘significantly limited’ her rights as an employee while they represented her. 

The Best Part singer is claiming that, because of California Labor Code 2855 which ‘prohibits the enforcement beyond seven years of a contract (such as the Agreement) to render services of a special, unique, extraordinary or intellectual character,’ her contract should be considered void. 

She is reportedly seeking a ‘judicial declaration that the Agreement is voidable and may not be enforced against Plaintiff under California law to the extent it purports to require Plaintiff’s services after May 18, 2019.’ 

The California native released her first studio album titled Back of My Mind last June. 

She has released five EPs since 2016 and a number of singles since the early 2010s. She’s won an Academy Award and five Grammy Awards.  

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