*A company hired by Mary Wilson of The Supremes to hunt down her outstanding royalties is now suing the singer, claiming she tried to cut them out of their agreed-upon cut.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Wilson contracted with Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation (“AREC”) in 2002. Under the deal, AREC was to “use its efforts to collect royalties and money payable to her, and to negotiate on her behalf with record companies that owed her royalties or money.”
AREC claims the deal also called for them to get a portion of any “new royalties” — defined as royalties that she was not currently receiving — on an ongoing basis. Specifically, AREC points to agreements they made with Universal Music Group (“UMG”) in 2004 and 2012 to lock down new royalties for Wilson following litigation.
But on July 23, 2018, AREC claims Wilson sent them an email stating she was ending their agreement. Furthermore, AREC claims Wilson arranged for UMG to send the aforementioned royalties directly to her, leaving AREC out.
AREC claims UMG said they would honor Wilson’s wishes and if AREC wanted their money, they’d have to sue Wilson.
The company is suing the Supreme for breach of contract and payment of money owed.