A record company wrangle over GARBAGE frontwoman SHIRLEY MANSON was settled in court today (July 23), with an undisclosed settlement between the two labels involved.
The dispute was over whether Mushroom Records was in breach of Manson’s recording contract by releasing the band’s second album ‘Version 2.0’. The action was taken by MCA Record Ventures Inc and Radioactive Inc.
At a three-day hearing earlier this month, MCA and Radioactive claimd that Mushroom, owned by Dutch parent company Mushroom Records International BV, had no right to release ‘Version 2.0’.
They were joined in the claim by UK label Universal Island Records, which has the right to distribute Radioactive releases in the UK.
They alleged that the album’s release breached a February 1993 agreement between Manson and Radioactive, under which the record label became entitled to the exclusive worldwide right to record, release and sell the performance.
They claimed that, in 1994, they permitted her to perform with Garbage for one album only. That album became the phenomenally successful eponymous debut, released by Mushroom everywhere except the USA.
However, they alleged that Manson provided performances for ‘Version 2.0’ in May 1998 without Radioactive’s consent.
They had sought damages plus a court order banning any further breaches, on the grounds that Mushroom has interfered with Radioactive’s contractual regulations and infringed its copyright by exploiting Version 2.0′ and the singles released from it.
The settlement, details of which were not disclosed, was approved by a judge at the High Court in London today (July 23) after a 20-minute hearing. Outside the court, lawyers for both sides confirmed that there was nothing in the terms of the agreement to prevent the band from making further recordings with Manson as lead singer, and the band’s third album ‘Beautifulgarbage’ will be released later this year as scheduled.