Recording artist Lauryn Hill has made a lot headlines recently, primarily due a string of legal and financially difficulties. Music fans in southern Florida may be encouraged to hear that Hill, who has remained out of the limelight for several years, signed a new recording contract that will hopefully alleviate many of her struggles.
Hill has had no shortage of success as a musician. In fact, she has sold over 50 million units of music in her career. However, she reports that she saw very little of the profits from those sales because of a past contract that heavily favored her former record label.
Reports indicate that Hill owes the federal government more than $1.6 million in back taxes, which is something that could land her in jail. The musician notes that the only reason she is in this predicament is due to a long line of “inequitable business arrangements.” A fairer contract will help avoid such an imbalance in the future.
In addition to granting Hill adequate compensation, the recently formed record deal — on a new label — will also allow her to create new music. This is something her fans have been looking forward to for quite some time.
When making a public statement, Hill also noted that it took her “years” to get out of her earlier record deal, which is a reminder of how important it is to make sure all the terms of a contract are fair and that you have a music lawyer review the contract before signing. Without sound guidance in the contract negotiation process, entertainers may not be adequately compensated for their contributions. This is something that may ring especially true for emerging artists who do not have years of experience working through recording deals.
Source: Toronto Sun, “Lauryn Hill addresses financial issues and confirms new record deal,” April 26, 2013
Contact Chase Lawyers, an entertainment law firm, that has music lawyers that can represent you, go over your contract with you before you sign it, and possibly get you an even better deal.
The entertainment industry can be a complicated field to navigate. As a trusted leader in Miami entertainment law, ChaseLawyers can help. With over 40 years of experience, Our Miami based lawyers have helped individuals in nearly every area of entertainment law in Miami, including sports, music, film, television, modeling, literature, and more. We understand the unique challenges you face as a creative, and we’re prepared to protect your interests.
As an artist in Miami, you must navigate the intricacies of copyright law, trademarks, contractual agreements, and much more. It is critical you choose a qualified Miami entertainment lawyer with expertise in the nuances of the entertainment world. ChaseLawyers has built a stellar reputation among our clientele for honest, professional representation that produces effective results. We have extensive experience in the unique legal elements you must navigate as an artist, and our attorneys can provide you with indispensable career advice and expertise over the course of your entertainment career.
When you work with ChaseLawyers, you are more than just a client. We care about your well-being and can provide essential advice on the issues you face in the Miami market, such as intellectual property issues, negotiating service agreements, publicity rights, and much more. We also have an extensive network of resources available for our clients to connect with, and those connections can enrich your career in countless ways. Our team understands the complex world of entertainment law and will take care of your legal needs so you can focus on doing what you do best—sharing your talent with the world!
When you’re ready to take the next step in your career, our Miami entertainment lawyers are ready to help you. We are passionate about helping creatives with all of their legal needs, and you won’t find a team more dedicated to your success in all of Miami. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!