Nigerian singer, Runtown, has released a statement concerning the
termination of his contract with his former record label Eric Many which
was initiated on the 21st of June 2016, informing the public that he is
no longer affiliated to the company s his contract was legally void on
the 22nd of June 2018.
This statement was sent to Not just ok by his new label, Soundgod
management, stating that the name “Runtown” belongs to the artiste
and so is his “likeness” and every former law stopping him from
performing or recording a new song is now void. He also highlighted
some irregularities by his former label, informing the public that the
label has been reimbursed of its formal investment and is now
indebted to the artiste.
Read his statement below;
The music artist Runtown, also known as Soundgod, shall and is no
longer affiliated with Eric Many, Ltd., Eric Many Entertainment,
Incorporated, or any of its affiliates, associates, agents, assigns or
subsidiaries. Runtown is now exclusively managed and represented by
Soundgod Music Group.
Despite numerous breaches of the Recording Agreement by Eric Many,
which would make it invalid and unenforceable, the Agreement
entered into on June 21, 2016, officially came to an end on June 22,
2018. Pursuant to Section 6.5 of the Agreement, “The Parties agree[d]
that the Artist is and remains the owner and lawful proprietor of the
Professional Name and the Artist’s likeness.” Eric Many was only
entitled to use the name Runtown throughout the duration of the
contract, and for a period after termination of the contract for the
promotion and sale of music.
Eric Many does NOT own the name “Runtown” or “Soundgod,” and is
NOT entitled to trademark, copyright or use the name without the
explicit consent and approval of the artist. Public use of the name
Runtown began in 2008, before the signing of any contract with Eric
Many. Further, there is NO court order currently enjoining or preventing
Runtown from singing, performing or recording music.
Please be advised that the interim injunction granted by the High Court
of FCT against Runtown on 10 May 2018, has now expired by effluxion
of time pursuant to Order 43 Rule 3(2) of the High Court of the
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Civil Procedure) Rules 2018.
The said injunction became ineffective on the 17th of May, 2018. To
date, Eric Many has filed two frivolous lawsuits against Runtown. On
May 24, 2018, Eric Many withdrew the initial frivolous lawsuit it filed
in Lagos, Nigeria after realizing its claims could never be proven.
The Lagos court ordered Eric Many to pay Runtown’s costs associated
with that suit. Interestingly, instead of adding any new claims to the
Lagos suit, Eric Many filed a new lawsuit in Abuja, Nigeria, while the
first lawsuit in Lagos was still pending. The second lawsuit abandoned
all of the claims made in the first lawsuit and claimed that Runtown
owed an unconscionable amount of money to the record label.
Eric Many have yet to show any reliable proof or records of its claims.
Instead, it has only provided Runtown with a loosely composed
accounting that shows fraudulent figures, unsubstantiated expenses
and zero financial responsibility on the part of the record label. In
short, the record label placed all financial responsibilities, including the
costs of all travel, regular business expenses and even legal fees of the
label on Runtown. All expenses of running the record label were
charged to the artist, which is a clear breach of the recording
agreement that requires the label to shoulder such costs. Runtown
filed suit against Eric Many in New York for breach of contract, unpaid
royalties, and defamation. On May 25, 2018, the New York State
Supreme Court Judge ordered Eric Many to continue to pay royalties to
Runtown for the distribution of his music in the United States. Eric
Many is in violation of that order, having paid Runtown nothing since
February 1, 2018.
We are confident that after this matter is properly litigated in Nigeria
and the United States, it will become evident that Eric Many did not
only breach the recording agreement severally and abuse its power but
that it has been fully reimbursed for its initial investment and is
currently indebted to Runtown for unpaid royalties and revenue. One
cannot seek relief from the same contract which it has repeatedly
Runtown is not in the business of breaking contracts. We want to
assure all fans and supporters that for as long as God shall allow,
Runtown is and will continue to be focused on making, sharing and
performing good music worldwide.