Amr Diab Sharpens Sword for Court Battle
Egyptian pop idol Amr Diab is facing a new crisis with the company that produced his new album, not long after settling an earlier dispute in which he was accused of "borrowing" a song on the same disc. The matter could go to court, says the superstar, according to Arabic daily Al Sharq Al Awsat.
Diab has threatened to take the producers to court if he does not pocket the rest of what he calls his rightful slice of the earnings from his album Aktar Wahed Bihebbak (I Love You the Most).
The contract signed between Diab and the company stipulates that he should get five million pounds, out of which three million is due upon signing the contract and during the video shooting. It also stipulates that the singer should get the rest of his money within three weeks from the date of the album's release, an expectation which Diab claims has not been fulfilled.
The company claims that the album has not achieved the expected success, and adds that the sales have not exceeded 300,000 copies. Diab, the company says, should share some of the anticipated losses with the company.
But Diab believes that his agreement with another company to release his new album is behind all the disputes ignited by the company.
“I won't not forfeit my rights, even if the matter is referred to the court,” Diab told the paper, reiterating that the producers had raked in more than 30 million pounds from his latest albums - Albawaba.com
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