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“Share fairly in the fruits of their labor going forward…”

Incubus is latest band to want a divorce from a major – dudes aren’t digging the excessive deductions and the 7-year deal:

    Modern rock outfit Incubus has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. in an attempt to break free from its contract that requires the group to make four more albums with the company’s Epic Records label. Band members Michael Einziger, Brandon Boyd, Jose Pasillas, and Alex Katunich filed the suit yesterday (Feb. 6) in Los Angeles Superior Court. The band is asking a judge to rule that California’s labor law allows them to stop recording for Sony and get a new deal from another label.

    Incubus, whose most recent album, “Morning View,” debuted in November 2001 at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, objects to Sony’s common practice of deducting such costs as video production and packaging from the artists’ cut, said band manager Steve Rennie.

    “Under current standard industry practices, Sony Music has been handsomely rewarded financially during this period while the members of Incubus have received very little compensation from their creative and professional efforts,” Rennie said. The core question, he added, is whether Incubus “is entitled to share fairly in the fruits of their labor going forward.”

    ….Incubus joins a growing list of acts such as Don Henley, Beck, Courtney Love, and the Dixie Chicks who have demanded the freedom to negotiate less restrictive deals to capitalize on their success. In many of the cases to date, settlements have been reached between the artists and record companies. [Billboard]

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014.Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted.Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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