RITCHIE BLACKMORE sued By Frontiers Records
The legendary DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW guitarist's Ritchie Blackmore is being sued by the Italian record label Frontiers over what the company claims is "failure to comply with his promotional obligations" related to the release of All Our Yesterdays, the tenth studio album from BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. Blackmore's Night is the renaissance-inspired rock band formed by Blackmore himself and his wife Candice Night.
The complaint, which was filed on March 16 in a Manhattan federal court, maintains that Frontiers and Blackmore entered into a license agreement in May 2015 granting Frontiers "the right to manufacture, distribute (either physically or digitally), sell, sublicense and market All Our Yesterdays for a term of three years, starting from the first release date of the album anywhere in the world.
In return for the grant of rights, Blackmore received a $220,000 advance and "guarantee[d] full support to the promotion surrounding the release of the album."
The promotion clause provided that Blackmore was to use "[his] reasonable best efforts to help and support all the activities and promotions (including but not limited to interviews as settled by the [Frontiers] and its representatives)" to aid the label in its promotion, marketing and distribution of the album.
Despite his obligations under the agreement, and despite the receipt of the advance, Blackmore "has failed and continues to fail to carry out his obligations, and particularly to comply with the terms of the promotion clause," Frontiers claims.
His "failures to comply with his promotional obligations pursuant to the agreement have severely impaired the promotion of the album with a resulting diminution of sales and revenues," the complaint reads.
In the lawsuit Frontiers declairs "On December 18, 2015, Frontiers sent a letter [Blackmore] detailing a number of his failures to promote the album and notifying him that he was in breach of the agreement. The December letter requested a response from [Blackmore] within 20 days. [Blackmore] failed to respond, in writing or otherwise, to the December letter."
Frontiers is seeking a minimum of $150,000 in damages.
According to the New York Post, a lawyer for Blackmore denied the allegations, calling them "ludicrous."