News: Timbaland Files Lawsuit Againts His Record Company, Accuses Label Of Shady Practices
Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 3:30PM
Grammy-winning producer Timbaland has reportedly filed a lawsuit against his label Blackground Records, accusing the company of holding back on earned profits and other suspect business tactics.
The lawsuit was taken to Federal District court Monday (March 23) afternoon.
In his lawsuit, Timbaland claims he became too successful as a produce and the record label couldn't contain its jealously and hostility for him. Timbaland alleges Blackground went on a search-and-destroy campaign, contacting various record labels and giving them reasons why they shouldn't hire him to produce songs. To add insult to injury, Timbaland claims Blackground also stiffed him out of serious cash. He wants out of the contract and unspecified damages. (TMZ)
Blackground Records is responsible for a variety of Timbaland associates.
The label is home to Aaliyah, Timbaland & Magoo, JoJo, Tank and Ginuwine. It is owned by entertainment attorney and artist manager Barry Hankerson and son Jomo Hankerson, founded in 1993. (Blackground Records)
Aside from music, Timbo is currently on board to make his Hollywood debut beginning work on the upcoming film Vinyl.
Timbo's Mosley Media Group has gotten behind Effie T. Brown's Duly Noted, Inc. to help produce a movie based on five young women who are met with life-altering decisions dealing with their relationships with members of a rock group. Written and directed by Richard Zelniker, Tim's wife Monique Idlett-Mosely and Brown will be producing as the platinum-selling artist steps behind the scenes to executive produce the film. (SOHH)
He is also providing a variety of beats and music for an upcoming Beaterator Playstation Portable (PSP) game.
"I've always been a huge fan of Rockstar and love playing their games," Timbaland said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be partnering with them and making music for Beaterator. I cannot wait to get this in the hands of our fans!" (Playstation Joystiq)