For the second time in 2-years, Eric Many, the record label that signed Nigerian singer, Runtown has filed an injunction at a Federal High court against the singer for breach of contract.
According to a statement “Runtown has been deliberately breaching his contract with us (Eric Many) for a while and despite our many appeals to him he has refused to bulge. He went for a show in Las Vegas since January 13th, 2018 and has since decided to withdraw all obligations of his contract. He has steadily been recording an album without the consent and approval of his record label,” the statement read.
In the press statement, the label also states that, “he’s recording with artists like Del’B without the written approval of the label and without an Eric Many appointee at the point of recording as agreed in our contract. Runtown has also been appearing in venues and collecting appearance fees without the approval of the label and also performing in private shows without the label’s consent which contravenes clause 4.4.1 of his record deal which states that ‘the Defendant(Runtown) can only engage in recording, collaborating or performing with other artistes for third parties or other record companies upon proper notification in advance to the Plaintiff. Upon this notification, the Plaintiff would then enter into an agreement with the collaborating artiste or his record company to ensure that the Plaintiff and the Defendant receive proper credit, legal/copyright protection and compensation for the collaborative work”.
This will be the second time in two years that Runtown has had to face off with his label. In May 2016, Eric Many sued him in the Federal High Court on allegations that he signs up, concludes and attends musical shows without the knowledge of the label. Back then; Eric Many also secured a court injunction stopping Runtown from performing as an artiste anywhere in the world. The case was eventually settled out of court.
Runtown’s deal with Eric Many is set to expire on June 22, 2018, but according to the label, the singer is still indebted to them.