Back in October, Kanye West said he’d tried to purchase his publishing catalogue from Sony/ATV Music and they declined. “I have the money to buy [back] my publishing,” West says in the video. “And they told me that I couldn’t buy my publishing…. It’s like the control.”
Now, he has decided to sue to extract himself from the publishing and label deals. Against both EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Group's Roc-a-Fella Records (previously owned by JAY-Z), Def Jam Records and UMG's Bravado. This lawsuit is in an attempt to take back his music catalogue.
Some reports said that Ye was suing JAY'Z, but a representative said: “The media reports are wrong. Kanye West did not sue Jay-Z. Mr. West sued a company that Jay-Z once owned a piece of, Roc-A-Fella Records. Jay-Z sold his interest in that company many years ago. There is no fight between Kanye West and Jay-Z.”
The lawsuits, filed on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, are described as “almost entirely redacted” but the following sentence is clear: “There now exists a dispute between Plaintiffs and Defendant EMI regarding the parties’ rights and obligations to one another under the EMI Contract and Extensions." Keep it on lock for the latest as we get it.