American Idol’s Simon Fuller is threatening a lawsuit on contestant Josiah Leming for plans to release an album to assist his dieing mother, claims reports. Joshia Leming has a contract with Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment as an American Idol contestant, claim reports, but that is not stopping Leming from releasing a major label album … with someone else!
Here is the latest.
Josiah Leming has a major label album coming out early 2009. How major? Warner Brothers’ Reprise Records!
However, MTV citing New York Post, is reporting that Leming, now 19, didn’t make Idol’s top 24 during his season.
“[B]ut a strict contract all “Idol” contestants must sign that makes them promise to record only with the “Idol”-preferred label, Sony/BMG, and gives show producer Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment exclusive rights of refusal for management and merchandising. So his current record deal might be in violation of that pact.”
So what happened when Leming went with Warners?
Says the report, Leming “received an official letter from ‘Idol’ threatening legal action if he puts out his record in January as planned.”
No comment yet from Leming, Fuller, or Warners to the report.
The report says Leming is going ahead because his mother is battling tragic terminal cancer. A source says “nothing is going to stop him from getting his music out while she is alive to share it.”
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