Tyler Armes said he co-wrote the song in 2018, but has not been given credit or part of the royalty. Meanwhile, the artist claims it is unwarranted cash taking.
Malone’s hit post “Circles” has sparked a bicoastal legal battle with a songwriter who claims he co-wrote the song and has been denied credit and compensation.
Tyler Armes on Tuesday sued the Austin Post, known publicly as the Malone Post, producer of Frank Dukes and Universal Music Group.
Armes said in August 2018 he “spent hours in the studio with Post and Dukes and finally co-wrote the song ‘Circles.” “in the bass line. While the lyrics are not finished, Armes said the instrumentation and vocal melodies they made that night were” note for note “which is identical to the finished song.
According to complaints filed in California federal court, after the song was released and Armes reached the Dukes, Post offered to give him 5 percent of the publishing royalties. Armes tried to negotiate a higher portion, but the Post manager said if he did not receive that percentage, he would not get anything.
Armes asked the court to declare that he was the co-author and co-producer of “Circles” and was entitled to prospective and retroactive credits and royalties.
“It is very disappointing that Post Malone and his team did not give joint writing credit to Tyler Armes,” Armes lawyer, Allison Hart of Lavely & Singer in a statement to Hollywood Reporter. “A a number of witnesses will confirm that Tyler co-wrote ‘Circle.’ We hope to be fully justified when the matter is decided by the Court. “
UMG has not responded to a request to comment on complaints, but the Post on Tuesday also sued Armes.
In a complaints filed in federal court in New YorkPost lawyer Christine Lepera argues that while Armes was present at the August 2018 recording session, he did not write any music or lyrics used in the song – and he was not present for the next session which led to his creation.
“This is an old story in the music business that when a song produces the kind of runaway success collected ‘Circles’, an individual will come out of wood, falsely claim to take credit for the song, and demand unreasonable and windfall profits from the song, “said the complaint.
The post also requests a declaration. He wants the court to state that Armes did not write any part of “Circle,” has no legal copyright in the work and is not entitled to money from song exploitation.
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