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Donald Glover settles a legal dispute with his former label

A 2018 lawsuit claimed Glassnote Records owed him streaming royalties

Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino, of course) has settled a lawsuit with his former label, Glassnote Records. Filed in September 2018, the lawsuit was centred on a dispute about royalty payments between the independent record company and Glover, who claimed it owed him over $10,000.

It was alleged that Glassnote was in breach of contract, good faith, fair dealing, and fiduciary duty (failing to act in a way that would benefit Glover). The company was also accused of negligence.

The polymath rapper had been with the label for three albums, Camp, Because the Internet, and “Awaken, My Love!”. He eventually left to sign a deal with RCA in January 2018.

Glover’s legal action was actually a response to a complaint that Glassnote made back in July 2018, when it requested a judge to mediate a contract dispute with the artist. “Donald Glover made a claim that he was owed 95% of SoundExchange royalties when we are legislatively and contractually required to share those royalties 50/45,” a Glassnote rep told Pitchfork at the time.

But they were also careful to note: “We are not claiming Donald Glover screwed us out of anything… We are not asking for anything back from Donald Glover, just that we are able to retain the monies that are contractually and legally ours and that have already been paid to us.”

Anyway, now Glover and Glassnote have agreed to drop the dispute, according to a withdrawal filed in the New York Southern District Court (March 1). Good news, since it means he’ll have more time to focus on whatever he’s cooking up next.