JACKO TAKES ON MOTOWN

The singer is attempting to obtain the rights to all masters of the material he recorded for the company between 1969 to 1976...

Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against MOTOWN RECORDS and parent company UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP.

The singer filed the ten-count suit last Thursday (May 8) in an attempt to obtain the rights to all masters of the material he recorded for the company between 1969 to 1976.

Michael Jackson claims that under an agreement made in 1980, Motown agreed to pay the singer royalties on the distribution of selected pre-1976 material, including solo and Jackson Five recordings. This also included any “best-of” or compilations of unreleased tracks.

He states that such material has been released by UMG, who have also commercially licensed songs without his consent. Michael Jacksonalso claims that the label failed to pay him “a single dollar in royalties” or provide him with “a single accounting”.

According to Billboard, the singer wants to terminate his 1980 contract as well as all other agreements with the Motown label and reclaim “his right, title and interest in” all of the master recordings and compositions with the label.

A UMG spokesperson declined comment.