Top Stop Music label sues Prince Royce
Prince Royce managed to position itself as an idol of crowds in the U.S., Europe, Caribbean and Latin America, thanks to the two discs that where produced by the Top Stop Music label based in Delray Beach, Florida.
As we all know, Prince Royce has been one of the biggest musical successes in the last two years, last July he performed in Curacao and Aruba.
There was one key figure behind this triumph and that man is Sergio George, owner of Top Stop Music – Royce’s label that brought him to fame.
Apparently their relationship has turned sour because Top Stop is now suing the Prince.
“It’s unfortunate that this is happening. We put our energy, our knowledge, and hopes into him but he is lacking gratitude.”
He goes on to explain that Royce refuses to pay the label their royalties per the contract despite having invested more than two million dollars into launching his career.
The Dominican-American artist supposedly sought out new representation despite Sergio’s claims that he is still under an agreement for a total of three albums with Top Stop.
The saying goes ‘if it ain’t broken don’t fix it’ but maybe Prince has his eyes set out on bigger goals – hopefully this decision doesn’t come back to haunt him.
The Top Stop Music label, headed by music producer Sergio George, today filed a lawsuit against the singer of bachata singer Prince Royce for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and evasion published contract.
So, it breaks the connection between the label and Geoffrey Royce Rojas, name of singer of Dominican origin. “Prince Royce refuses to pay the contractual rights exclusive although Top Stop Music has invested more than $ 2 million to fund the artist’s career,” reads the lawsuit filed by James Sammataro, of Stroock and Stroock and Lavan, which represents the Top Stop Music.
Recently, Royce announced that he had hired a new manager. “Apparently he believes he can achieve greater success with his new team of representatives, Prince Royce has decided to skip his recording contract for three albums and become the exclusive publisher of his music,” said Sammataro.
Prince Royce reacts upon the release of the information on his social media saying “Surprised by today’s news, yet calm and fully confident that in the end truth and justice will prevail. I will remain professional without falling to the temptation of defaming anyone, so please let this be decided in court and in the meantime let’s continue enjoying the music! I adore you all. Thank you for your concern and your amazing support.”
The singer of “Corazón Sin Cara” became “The Prince of Bachata” in the urban scene, under the tutelage of Sergio George, received triple platinum album in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Chile with their first self-titled album. In addition also to winning countless accolades and awards in the past two years, Royce toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull and recorded collaborations with Maná and Daddy Yankee. Recently had the privilege of singing in the Festival of Viña del Mar where he earned “Antorchas de Plata y Oro” and “Gaviota de Plata”, which is impressive for such a young man with short career, and declared by the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic as “Musical Ambassador”.
The awards he achieved with his records, “Prince Royce” and “Phase II” do not stay there. The singer, 22, has won seven Premio Lo Nuestro, twelve Premios Juventud and twelve Latin Billboard and received Latin GRAMMY ® nominations.
Top Stop was launched by producer Sergio George and the very own man of Curacao Gregory Elias (the producer behind Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam) and had early success with Luis Enrique, who after a lengthy absence from the charts had a remarkable comeback on Top Stop in 2009. The label subsequently struck a distribution deal with Sony Music U.S. Latin. Now, all its titles-both catalog and upcoming-will fall under Atlantic.
Geoffrey Royce Rojas was born on May 11, 1989 and raised in The Bronx, a borough of New York City, New York. He is the second oldest out four children, born to a Dominican father, who was a taxi-cab driver, and a Dominican mother, who worked at a beauty salon. When he was young, he participated in choir in elementary school, competed in talent shows and, at the age of thirteen, began writing poetry which turned into songwriting.
Geoffrey Royce Rojas (born May 11, 1989), known by his stage name Prince Royce, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from New York City, New York. At an early age, Royce took an interest in music and into his teenage years, began experimenting with music and writing poetry. By age nineteen, Royce met Andrés Hidalgo, who became his manager.
Hidalgo later introduced Royce to Sergio George, who immediately signed him to his label after hearing three of his demos. In March 2010, he released his eponymous debut studio album, which generated two commercially successful singles, “Stand by Me” and “Corazón Sin Cara”. Both songs reached number-one on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart while “Corazón Sin Cara” reached number-one the US Hot Latin Songs chart. The album itself reached number-one on the US Billboard Latin Albums and Tropical Albums charts. He also received three awards at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2011, which included Tropical Album of the Year for Prince Royce. Prince Royce was listed as one of the 50 Most Beautiful on the People En Espanol Magazene 2011 issue. On April 10, 2012, Royce released his second studio album, Phase II.
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