By Kehinde Ajose
2016 has been called the year of beefs by music pundits and the year appears to be moving in that direction. First off was the Olamide and Don Jazzy saga which has been settled, Cynthia Morgan and Davido and now Debie Rise is at war with her record label 800 Records. The season 3 winner of Nigeria Idol recently took to her instargram account to state that she has dumped her record label.
She puts it this way: “This is to officially announce that I Olurishe Deborah also known as Debbie Rise am no longer under contract with my former record label/management. Despite failing to perform their contractual obligation scheduled for the 2nd week of August 2015, the record label went ahead to unilaterally, unduly, unlawfully unfairly repudiate the then existing contract on the 13th of August 2015.”
In their response, 800 Records states that Debie Rise is still signed to their label and her contract won’t end until 2019 “This is to inform the general public that the artist known as “Debie Rise” (Miss. Olurise Deborah Ebunoluwa) is still signed to and under contract with 800 Records .
Please note that the exclusive recording and management contract between us and Debie Rise has not been terminated or repudiated as falsely insinuated and same is valid and subsists until 2019!Take notice that any party contracting with Debie Rise as a recording or performing artist and/or in respect of sales of any of her songs or anything to do with entertainment, without our prior consent/authorization would be doing so at its/his/her peril and we shall not hesitate to bring the full wrath of the law to bear on such individual and/or organization; including suing them for aiding and inducing breach of contract and account for profit.”
This isn’t the first time an artiste will be at war with a record label. In time past, artistes like Vector , Brymo and Soul E had contractual issues with their former record labels.