Childish Gambino in dispute with former label over streaming royalties

Glassnote Records have confirmed that there is no lawsuit against the artist: "We are not claiming Donald Glover screwed us out of anything."

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) is not being sued by his former label, contrary to previous reports.

Last week (July 6), TMZ reported that Glassnote Records had filed a suit against the ‘This Is America’ artist over unpaid streaming royalties. Now, the label have confirmed to Pitchfork that they only filed a complaint and requested that the contract dispute is mediated in court.

Issuing a statement to the site, Glassnote say that the reporting by TMZ is “not accurate”, adding: “We are not claiming Donald Glover screwed us out of anything.”


“Donald Glover made a claim that he was owed 95% of SoundExchange royalties when we are legislatively and contractually required to share those royalties 50/45,” the statement continues. “When we tried to assert our position, he became strident.

“His lawyers sent a demand for $1.5mm and threatened a lawsuit on his behalf. We have simply asked the court to review the contract and to provide a declaration of relief that our position is correct pursuant to our contract and federal copyright law and that monies paid by SoundExchange to Glassnote can be retained by Glassnote, in the same way that monies paid by SoundExchange to Donald Glover can be retained by him.”

They add: “I’d like to point out that in our 11 years of operating we have never been in litigation with an artist.

“We are not asking for anything back from Donald Glover, just that we are able to retain the monies that are contractually and legally ours and that have already been paid to us.”

Billboard state that the dispute is over digital royalties for the albums ‘Camp’, ‘Because The Internet’ and ‘Awaken, My Love!’.


Earlier today, Childish Gambino unveiled two new singles in the form of ‘Summertime Magic’ and ‘Feels Like Summer’. The tracks follow ‘This Is America’, which came out in May and gave Glover his first-ever US number one single.

Childish Gambino will perform a rare UK date at Lovebox Festival in London this weekend. In November, he’ll perform a huge gig at the O2 Arena – find tickets here. It will mark his biggest London show to date.