Mary Wilson from The Supremes has left a company wondering, “Where did our royalties go?” after she allegedly ended their agreement and cut them out of a deal they claim they should still be getting paid for.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Wilson hired a company called Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation (“AREC”) in 2002. The deal called for AREC to “use its efforts to collect royalties and money payable to her, and to negotiate on her behalf with record companies that owed her royalties or money.”
AREC claims the deal also called for them to get a cut of any “new royalties” — defined as royalties that she was not currently receiving — on an ongoing basis. Specifically, AREC points to agreements they made with Universal Music Group (“UMG”) in 2004 and 2012 to secure Wilson new royalties following litigation.
But on July 23, 2018, AREC claims Wilson sent them an email stating her intention to terminate her deal with AREC. On top of that, AREC claims Wilson arranged for UMG to send the aforementioned royalties directly to her, leaving AREC out.
AREC claims UMG said they would honor Wilson’s wishes and if AREC wanted their cut, they’d have to sue Wilson … which they now have.
They are suing for breach of contract and looking to get the money they claim they are owed.
The Blast reached out to a rep for Mary Wilson — so far, no word back.