Year after year, “American Idol” has launched some of the biggest names in the music industry, yet now it seems like there’s a cog in the machine.
According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” 19 Recordings has filed a lawsuit against Sony Music, claiming that the label and their artists, including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, missed out on millions in royalties.
19 Recordings, which was founded by the hit singing competition show’s creator, Simon Fuller, is seeking at least $10 million.
“We didn’t want to have to file this lawsuit, but Sony left us no choice, so this became necessary to protect our artists,” said Jason Morey, 19 Entertainment Worldwide Head of Music (via “THR”).
The suit’s claims vary, alleging that Sony gives “royalty breaks” when licensing music without permission and that the company has “mad other improper deductions over things like music videos,” among other things.
“American Idol” airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8pm on FOX.