Hallayday loses appeal and masters

May 2005

Record labels, Artists

French rock singer Johnny Hallyday has lost his bid to gain control of some 1,000 master copies of his songs after an appeal from Universal was accepted by a Paris appeals court. The appeal court overturned an earlier decision that ordered Universal to hand back the valuable original recordings. Hallayday will now be bound to Universal until the end of 2005, producing one more album but will not be able to produce another album for any other label until 2007 – this is to ensure Universal has enough time to promote the album before Hallyday releases another one. There was originally an agreement to record six albums with Universal until relations broke down. Hallayday plans to tour again and under the new decision, Hallyday will be able to record new versions of his past recordings for another record label from 2007, but a fee would have to paid to Universal.

See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4437563.stm

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