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Drake Denies Wrongdoing in “Marvin’s Room” Royalties Case

Yesterday (February 3), The Hollywood Reporter reported that Drake was in some hot water for his song “Marvin’s Room.” Ericka Lee, whose voice is used on the song, is suing Drizzy for her royalties. However, Drake’s camp insists that the claims are false.

“This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct,” a spokesperson for Drake told “Ericka Lee consented to the use of her voice in the song ‘Marvin’s Room’ prior to its release. Lee asked only for the credit she received as ‘Syren Lyric Muse,’ and she did not ask for any compensation. It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment. Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and he now looks forward to being vindicated in court.”

In the lawsuit, which was filed on February 2 in California, Lee claims that she and the rap star had both a business and romantic relationship, and feels that she was not properly compensated for her vocals, which she says were “highly significant to the overall work.”

Even before this suit, the two had already exchanged in some back and forth on the matter. According to the complaint, via text message, on two separate occasions, the Young Money rhymer offered Lee 2% of royalties for the song, and the followed up with an offer of 4-5%, plus $50,000. Lee also claims that he made threatening phone calls, at one point asking her, “What the fuck is your problem?”

The official “Marvin’s Room” video has nearly 40 million views on YouTube. The song, which Drake first posted online in the summer of 2011 and was later included on November’s Take Care, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. —Adam Fleischer

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