Ex-Busted members begin court proceedings

Pair are claiming £10 million in unpaid royalties

The duo who used to be members of former boy band Busted appeared in London’s High Court today (March 4) for an unpaid royalties claim.

Ki McPhail and Owen Doyle, claim they are owed £10 million in unpaid royalties because they helped write Busted songs such as ‘Year 3000’ and ‘Sleeping With The Light On’ before they were sacked from the band. They were kicked out of Busted in October 2001 after the band signed a management deal.

The duo signed an agreement relinquishing their right to credit for the songs, but now claim they were not informed that record label Universal, who released the songs later to huge success, liked them and were planning to sign the band, reports BBC News.

In court today McPhail demonstrated the songwriting process using an acoustic guitar as an aid. He spoke of a bust-up with former bandmate Matt Willis, while Willis has claimed that he did not know McPhail before the band formed.

The case continues.