Kanye West’s eight-month legal battle against music publisher EMI is finally over. According to reports, court documents filed on September 23 state that both parties have agreed to settle at an undisclosed amount.
“PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiffs Please Gimme My Publishing, Inc., West Brands, LLC, Kanye West, and Ye World Publishing, Inc. (the ‘Plaintiffs’) and Defendants EMI April Music, Inc. and EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (the ‘Defendants’) (collectively, the ‘Parties’) have reached an agreement in principle to settle the above-captioned action in its entirety,” the court document read. “The Parties expect to draft and finalize a settlement agreement within ninety (90) days.”
‘Ye filed a suit against both EMI and Roc-A-Fella Records in January 2019, arguing that his contract with the former is illegal under California law due to the absence of a time limit, along with a clause forbidding him to retire from his profession as a songwriter, recording artist or producer. The YEEZY founder was additionally seeking to re-obtain the rights to all his songs released after October 1, 2010, citing the seven-year limit of personal service contracts as stated in Section 2855 of the California Labor Code. EMI filed a counter-suit against West in March 2011, alleging a breach in contract.
In case you missed it, Kanye West’s newest studio album Jesus Is King is scheduled to drop September 27.