Kittie Sues Artemis For Contract Breach
Female rock act Kittie and producer Garth Richardson have sued Artemis Records and parent Sheridan Square Entertainment over alleged royalty miscalculations and other breaches of the Canadian band's rFemale rock act Kittie and producer Garth Richardson have sued Artemis Records and parent Sheridan Square Entertainment over alleged royalty miscalculations and other breaches of the Canadian band's recording contract, Billboard Bulletin reports.
The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, lists 12 causes of action, including an alleged miscalculation of royalties that Kittie claims cost the group $900,000, an overcharge on video production costs, and the label's alleged failure to pay an annual "minimum compensation" to the band members.
The plaintiffs seek any damages resulting from recalculations of royalties, other damages to be determined at trial, and legal fees.
In a statement, Artemis says, "Artemis loves Kittie's music, respects Garth Richardson's production, and [is] proud of what we have all accomplished together ... We are confident that we have done right by Kittie and Richardson."
Kittie's 2000 Artemis debut, "Spit," reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold more than 660,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its 2001 follow-up, "Oracle," topped out at No. 57 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 209,000 units. Lead singer Morgan Lander and her sister/drummer Mercedes Lander are the only original members still in the group.