Idol winner faces royalties claim from ex-bandmates

May 2012

Artistes, music publishing

Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Chris Daughtry says he is “very hurt” by claims by former band mates over what they say are unpaid royalties and unacknowledged song writing credits for four songs.

After appearing on the 2006 series of ‘Idol’, Daughtry formed a band called Daughty but he is now facing a claim from former members of Absent Element, Daughtry’s pre-Idol band. Ryan Andrews, Scott Crawford and Mark Perry claim that four songs on the first Daughtry album were co-written by them before they disbanded, and that their former frontman previously acknowledged this fact and promised them a share of any revenues the songs generated. The lawsuit claim “constructive fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices and other deceptive and wrongful conduct”. Daughtry denies that his former bandmates were in any way involved in the writing of the songs saying “I am very hurt by these false accusations. The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else and at this time, I have no further comment”.

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