’70s group files suit over royalties

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Members of the 1970s female soul and disco group the Jackson Sisters have filed a $1 million suit against Universal Music Group for alleged nonpayment of record royalties, court papers obtained Wednesday show. The suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court also names as defendants Polydor Inc. and Mums Records. A representative for Santa Monica- based Universal Music was not available for comment. According to the suit, The Jackson Sisters, who are not affiliated with Michael Jackson’s family, formed in 1971 with members Rachell Jackson, Olivia Smith, Lynetta Coleman and Gennine Francis. In August 1975, Mums Records and Polydor, a subsidiary of Universal Music, signed an agreement for the release of a Jackson Sisters album, the suit states. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAt the same time, a second agreement was purported to have been entered between Polydor and the singers, but the quartet did not sign that contract either, their suit states. After Polydor released self-entitled Jackson Sisters album in 1976, the singers were told the record lost money and they were not entitled to royalties, the suit states. However, the Jackson Sisters found out in the mid-1990s that their albums were being sold internationally and then learned in June 2003 that sales overseas were brisk, the suit states. “In fact they had established a cult-like following for their music,” according to their suit. The successor to the Polydor contract told the singers in 2003 that they had relinquished all rights to royalties. last_img read more