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Chaka Demus and Pliers Sue Label for Unpaid Royalties

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Reggae act Chaka Demus and Pliers, best known for their nineties hit “Murder She Wrote,” are suing their record company for more than $10 million in unpaid royalties and trademark infringement.

According to Reuters, the duo claims Universal Music Group misappropriated and diverted monies that were owed to them.

The artists claimed they signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal-owned label Island Records in October 22 1992, which allowed the artists to retain all rights to the trademark Chaka Demus and Pliers.

It said Universal Music had “withheld the monies and royalties payments” from the inception of the contract.

Not only are the two reggae stars asking for a court award of more than $10 million, but also demanding an injunction ordering Universal Music to cease the sale, production and performances of the their music.

The suit was filed this week at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan under the artists’ real names John Taylor (aka Chaka Demus) and Everton Bonner (aka Pliers).

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