Donald Glover is suing his former label Glassnote Records in a dispute over royalties. Documents obtained by Pitchfork seem to indicate that a breach of their licensing agreement might have occurred. Glover is holding out for $10,000 in streaming royalties
The lawsuit is a countermeasure to a complaint the label filed by the record label on July 6, requesting a court-ordered arbiter handle the stalemate. The complaint asserted that “Donald Glover made a claim that he was owed 95% of SoundExchange royalties when we are legislatively and contractually required to share those royalties 50/45.” After placing him under oath, Glassnotes then issued their side of the story, as well as their intentions to settle the dispute with a blank slate.
Donald Glover’s new lawsuit claims the “95% figure” Glassnotes Records presented as fact is both by 5% — that he is owed the whole sum of his royalties, down to the last penny. On top of the 5%, he claims he is owed, Glover will seek additional collateral compensation, as well as the shredding of the original complaint he has deemed erroneous.
Glover released Camp, Because the Internet, and Awaken, My Love! as Childish Gambino, while under contract with Glassnotes Records between 2011-2016. Glover’s musical ventures are now overseen by RCA, with whom he signed in January.