Wacko Jacko and R. Kelly Sue Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club

jay.jpgThe New York Post has reported Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and over a dozen music publishers hit Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club with a federal lawsuit for allegedly refusing to pay royalties on songs played in the Manhattan club. According to the lawsuit filed in a Manhattan federal court yesterday, the 40/40 Club has failed to oblige to the licensing rules with “unauthorized public performance of musical compositions.” Broadcast Music Inc. filed the charges on behalf of the artists, which include Jackson, R. Kelly, Kanye West, Ray Charles, Renald Richard and Pharrell Williams. Broadcast Music is reportedly seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement. According to the Post, BMI spokesperson, Jerry Baily, says the company has reached out, but ultimately failed to work out a deal with the 40/40 Club to license the rights to some of the 6.5 million songs BMI owns.

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    Whoa!! They commen at Jay hard. I mean does every club have to pay to play a song in it? This is some bull on the real.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jumz JUMZ

    So what the fuck we suppose to listen to in the clubs??? shit makes no sense.. JayZ can play his tracks all night I guess… “What more can I say….”

  • Sire For Hire

    R. Kelly is tryin to do anything to direct attention away from molestation trial, but then again he isn’t listen to the music he’s still makin. Pedophile!

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    I would like to know if Broadcast music is representing themselves an sueing over the music they have the right to (like Kanye, Pharrell, etc.) or are Kanye and Pharrell part of the parties suing, cuz last I checked, I thought they was cool wit Jay?

    Does anyone remember when the record company associated with Luke’s (Miami) music sued someone and Luke was like “I ain’t got no problems with (the person being sued) over his music”. He said something like “this is them, not me”

  • http://www.hiphop-blogs.com Hashim

    Wacko Jacko? I hate it when we reuse terms from the racist white press.

  • Rudy

    I don’t get it… How is Kanye suing Jay-Z?

  • fireforreal

    Fuck R.kelly and MJ.They both mad because Jay has been making way more moves than the 2 combined.

  • Young Harlem

    This is crazy.. If this is true, Strip Clubs would be out of business. They coming at Jay hard!!!

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    MY EFFIN OPINION… I THINK THATS WHAT IT IS! THE MEDIA PUT IT OUT LIKE THOSE ARTIST SUEING JAY. ITS BMI THATS SUEING JAY NOT THE ARTIST… YES I REMEMBER THE LUKE SITUATION NOT LONG AGO. THE NEW CAT THAT OWNS THE RIGHTS 2 THE MUSIC NOW TRIED SUEING 50 OVER “ITS YA B DAY”. LUKE TOLD THE PRESS THAT ITS NOT ME SUEING 50 ITS THE NEW OWNER.

  • Can’t B Serious

    They just don’t want us to get out paper. And to answer the question, Kanye and Pharrell have nothin to do with it. It’s just BMI having some rights to the music. R. Kelly and Jacko are just jealous in my opinion. They should do an album together called the “The Piss Factory”

  • these posts are racist

    J-Reese-

    Pretty much any place that publicly places people’s music, even a mom and pop store (in theory) has to pay…no one goes after the mom and pop stores of course…Clubs, bars, etc. all have to pay.

    My Effin’ Opinion-

    None of the artists are suing on their own behalf, as they don’t own all/certain publishing rights. This is out of their hands.

  • these posts are racist

    Sorry, I mispoke. They are not suing “on behalf” of the artists, but rather on their own behalf as they own the rights…these artists have nothing to do with it, for the most part…unless they (in the very rare case) own the licensing rights to these songs…which they probably don’t.

  • Harminder Singh

    Musicians are being OWNED! Cant play no friggin tunes in the club? BULLSHIT! This seems way out of place. So does that mean if I play tunes at my BBQ I gotta pay The Man? Whatever, get off Jays nutz.

  • ACE HUSTLA

    DAT NIGGA FUNNA BE BROKE!!!!!!

  • Rhapsodic

    This is some strait BS. “unauthorized public performance of musical compositions.”?

    See what happens we the masses stop paying for music (ie. stealing). Anything for money i guess.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Streets Is Watchin

    wow if thats the case i owe the industry billions so sincere…wacko jacko? dam how my people got that trife?

  • maxamill

    JIGGA IS WORTH OVER 300 MILL, GOING BROKE MY ASS

  • http://CalmDownFolks... BlackGyver

    BMI is a “Performimg Rights” organization. They are sueing on behalf of the SONGWRITER, COMPOSER and/or PUBLISHER. And yes. All clubs are “supposed” to be licensed to use the music being played. The terms are, of course, negotiated on a “one-off” basis. This means everyone doesn’t have to pay the same licensing fee. “Joe’s Hole N Da Wall” won’t pay as much as “Sue’s Rendezvous.” The clubs are making money by providing the music as a form of entertainment. If the club is making money, the publisher, etc. have to make money too. This is why you can play music at your BBQ and not be subjected to the same rules. You’re not making any money so… Usually the smaller establishments are left alone because there are just too many to regulate. The article says that the BMI (rep) has reached out but 40/40 has failed to reach an agreement. 40/40 doesn’t appear to be trying to be shady (to me). Just looks like BMI is looking for more than the club is willing to pay. And Jay probably found out just before we did. He’s not managing 40/40. looks like BMI is doing their job though, don’t it?

  • kdizzle

    I’m willing to bet major dough that BMI is going at this alone. not to mention, Jay is with EMI publishing, a long standing rival to BMI. Most of those artists prolly don’t even know that BMI’s sueing jay on their behalf. nor do they have any say cause most publishers own 25 to 50%(more likely the latter) of the publishing rights so BMI can do whatever they want with the music.

  • TooLegit

    Are you serious!! This shit here is a joke! Listen if they do that, then every club and bar in the U.S. of A. will be shut down because they don’t have a fucking juke box. This is a joke!! And the BMI gangsters are shaking down everyone from the file sharer to the club. Not Cool!! WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE OUR MUSIC BACK!!

  • Rednose pit bull

    if jayz bought those cds,then why the fuck should he have to fucking pay to play them? whats next,we gonna have to pay everytime we listen to one of the songs in our cars?? fuck off

  • carlos

    this is straight bullshit.

  • http://WWW.GRINDFAMILY.COM TWEEZY

    I DONT EVEN LIKE JAY Z MUSIC. BUT THESE ARTIST KNOW ARE GETTIN WAY TO B*TCH LIKE.

  • http://www.ananzi.com mk

    So let me get this straight. A four-time charged child molester has teamed up with ANOTHER kiddy diddler / porno addict to sue Jay-Z, probably the only rap artist in history who never shot anyone. Riiiiiiight…
    If they can settle out of court, R.Kelly will piss on him, and MJ will stalk his little boy.

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    June 27th, 2007 at 3:20 am
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  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Why isnt anyone asking the most important question about this story??

    “Why the FUCK are they playin MJ in the 40/40 Club???”

    1 hunned.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    EReal Says:

    June 27th, 2007 at 11:40 am
    Why isnt anyone asking the most important question about this story??

    “Why the FUCK are they playin MJ in the 40/40 Club???”

    ^^^^

    Yo E, you didn’t know that “Man in the Mirror” be bumpin’ the club???

    You must not get out much … lmfao

  • Danny

    damn exposer i knew you gay!put ur dick deep in my mouth!~lol!we been exposed

  • http://www.myspace.com/flyunion Chea

    I would assume that it is BMI filing the suit because it is required for any venue that has a jukebox or plays music in their establishment to pay for “performance” royalties. This is crazy but is true. But most places don’t pay. So Jay just happened to get caught.

  • http://myspace.com/joedawgbrother Joe Dawg Brother

    Hold up. So could this be the way record companies and/or royalty organizations are going to get thier money back from the losses they took from illegal downloading? Michael Jackson and R. Kelly? They’re set for life. Kanye….well…he has cried and kicked on stage on occasion so hey i can believe that. Pharrell not so much though. What the hell is going on that I can’t listen to the jams at the club without the club having to pay? What if the DJ bought the record and spun it at the club? Such nonsense. Maybe if sorry artists like MIMS and T-Pain stop saturating the club with thier sorry tracks, this wouldn’t have this problem….
    Ok wait, that had nothing to do with it. I just despise T-Pain and MIMS, among others.

    Ah well….someone answer….

    JDB

  • Ben Newburn

    BMI/ASCAP generally have a flat fee you pay yearly. I don’t know how they come up with ther figures but if I had to guess I’d say they probably came at Jay with some outrageous fee. Isn’t Kanye on Rocafella?? Doesn’t Jay own the rights to that material? WTF? Oh and yes people steal music all the time. I think R Kelly still has plenty of money.

  • che

    its got nothing to do with the artists, they don’t have a say in whether jay gets sued over this. Broadcast Music Inc. are filing the lawsuit bcz if the artists don’t get paid then they don’t get their slice.

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