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Ghostface Killah Sues Universal Over Royalties

Wu-Tang rapper also fending off lawsuit from 'Iron Man' composer

August 12, 2011 9:40 AM ET
Ghostface Killah performs at Glastonbury
Ghostface Killah performs at Glastonbury
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Ghostface Killah has filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for allegedly violating his record contract and stiffing him on copyright royalties. The rapper claims that UMG holds a 25 percent stake in Wu-Tang Clan songs, but has been taking 50 percent. The suit spins out of a previous case, in which a judge ruled in Ghostface's favor when he sued Wu-Tang Productions and the Clan's leader RZA over withholding his royalties.

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In the meantime, Ghostface is also fending off a lawsuit from Jack Urbont, the veteran Hollywood composer who penned the "Iron Man Theme" music sampled on the rapper's 2000 album Supreme Clientele. Last week, Ghostface's attorneys made an argument to a federal judge as to why the case should be dismissed, focusing mainly on the fact that Urbont waited over a decade to pursue legal action after the release of the record.

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