Counting Crows take Universal Music Group to court over unpaid royalties

By Andrew Wilson,

Counting Crows are just the next in a long line of artists taking their label, Universal Music Group, to court over unpaid royalties for their songs in a digital format.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the “Mr. Jones” hit-makers filed a suit against the label, regarding royalties off of venues such as iTunes, as licensing rather than sales. The difference is substantial considering the band would receive a 50 percent share from licensing, and only 15 percent for a sale. Many other artists have filed similar complaints such as Kenny Rogers, Rob Zombie, Peter Frampton and George Clinton.

TMZ noted Counting Crows filed the suit for $1 million, which also includes royalties gained from ringtone downloads as well.

According to updates from the band’s Twitter account throughout the last 6 months, the band have been writing and recording for a new album, their follow-up to their last album of original material Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (2008). Song titles released on social media include "Dislocation," "Earthquake Driver," "God of Ocean Tides," and "Palisades Park." The band anticipates finishing the recording process for the yet-untitled album by February.

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