Just days after rapper/singer Akon issued a lawsuit against American Talent Agency over unpaid performances and accusations of forgery, his ex-booking company has addressed the case.
Speaking via statement, the company questioned Akon’s accusations.
“Akon’s accusations of failure to pay earned performance fees and bookings of unapproved appearances and performances are untrue. Furthermore, the accusations that American Talent Agency continued to book Akon post termination in September 2010 are at odds with the fact that Akon willingly performed on the Summer Beatz Festival in Australia in November 2010, a booking secured through American Talent Agency.” (Statement)
ATA also said, in actuality, Akon still owes them money.
“In actuality, there are many performances for which Akon and Kon Live Touring Inc. owe American Talent Agency several thousands dollars in fees for dates booked by American Talent Agency and also several thousands of dollars for costs in connection with performances booked by American Talent Agency for which Akon unilaterally canceled or failed to appear, which American Talent Agency has had to absorb on behalf of Akon and Kon Live Touring Inc.” (Statement)
Details of Akon’s suit emerged online earlier this week.
Akon is strapping on his legal boots. The Senegalese singer has filed suit against his former booking reps American Talent Agency for more than $750,000, claiming that they withheld several hundreds of thousands of money accrued from performance fees. The suit, filed yesterday in New York, is targeting ATA for unjust enrichment, breach of contract and trademark infringement. (The Boom Box)
Outside of legal woes, Akon recently opened up about the current state of hip-hop.
“One thing about hip-hop, it’ll begin to stand alone, a movement by itself. It was just a hardcore drum beat bass line and that’s all you saw. Then, it started to slowly travel into the funk era, and it took over that whole funk era, and that’s when the West Coast came and brought that whole vibe to it so it just slowly came in effect at that part of it. Then as you started to realize that the West Coast was being effected by hip-hop and started bringing the whole funk feel to it, back on the East Coast it was completely now starting to be slowly accepted by the Jamaicans, and before you know it the traditional reggae one drop started becoming dancehall, and Jamaicans was really rappin’. It influenced that because dancehall didn’t come about until hip-hop. So it ejected itself into that. Then as all that was combined, then it started to become more musical.” (All Hip Hop)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
Check out a recent Akon interview below: