By Victor Ochieng
Singer and radio host Erica Campbell has filed a lawsuit against her solo record distributor. In the suit, the singer is demanding a total of $500,000, which she says is owed to her, The Blast reports.
The 45-year-old gospel icon and member of the Mary Mary music group released two solo albums over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, she claims she never received any money from the sales.
Her husband’s record company, My Block Records, signed a deal with Entertainment One US LP for the distribution of two of her albums, namely, “My Help” and “My Help 2.0.”
Despite the fact that Campbell wrote a good number of songs in both albums, E-One took all the royalties without giving her a dime. My Block Records now says they’re owed up to $2 million from record sales alone. They say E-One told them the album sales never earned any profits and that all the money received went into expenses.
In their lawsuit, My Block Records says E-One spent more than $500,000 in album production advances, manufacturing costs and other costs relating to the two albums. In their view, the costs were basically designed and exaggerated to deny My Block Records from making any substantial revenue from the album sales.
Also mentioned in the lawsuit is a deal My Block Records went into with E-One, involving doing an album for Musiq Soulchild, but which My Block now says E-One screwed up as well.
As a result of the allegations, My Block Records and Campbell are now seeking $500,000 in damages from E-One.
Campbell started her music career in the late 1990s alongside her sister Tina Campbell. They were part of the gospel music group Mary Mary. She began her solo music career in 2013 and has since released only two albums, the two she did with E-One, both of which appeared on the Billboard magazine charts.
Campbell even went as far as winning a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album at the 57th edition of the Grammies.
For those who know her two albums, it’s difficult to believe she did all that work and got completely nothing out of it. The albums were sold and it’s not that easy to trust that all the money that came from the sales went into E-One’s expenses. That’s why Campbell’s lawsuit makes a lot of sense.