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The Carpenters Sue Universal Music Group For Digital Royalties

Universal Music Group Logo/The Carpenters at The White House In 1972 via wikipedia
  – Universal Music Group Logo/The Carpenters at The White House In 1972 via wikipedia

Brother and sister vocal duo The Carpenters are in the news thanks to Richard Carpenter’s new beef with their former label A&M and its patent company Universal Music Group. Richard has filed a lawsuit against UMG, claiming that they owe the Carpenter estate digitally based royalties. Richard’s suit claims that the music conglomerate has boxed the duo out of profits from iTunes and other digital distributors.

It seems like they have a case too. Emiem had a similar lawsuit a few years back. Richard is seeking $2 million.

The Carpeters rose to fame thanks to stand outs like “Close To You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and several others, including one of our favorites, “Merry Christmas Darling.” Sadly, this ended when his sister Karen Carpenter died from heart failure due to complications related to anorexia in 1983. The Carpenters have sold a reported 150 million records world wide.

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