Jacquees and ICM Partners Sued For Failing to Promote New Jersey Concert on Instagram

Bryan Soderlind
Jacquees

The February tour date at Starland Ballroom was ultimately canceled.

Concert promoter Ill Intent Entertainment LLC has filed a lawsuit against R&B artist Jacquees, alleging that the "B.E.D." singer failed to deliver on his agreement to promote a New Jersey concert on Instagram.

In a complaint filed in New Jersey on May 21 and obtained by Billboard, Ill Intent claims that they were forced to cancel the concert at the 2,000-capacity Starland Ballroom, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 25, losing the promoter $101,000. ICM Partners, the talent agency that managed Jacquees' tour, is also named as a defendant in the suit, which was transfered to federal court on Tuesday (Sept. 17).

Ill Intent claims that Jacquees agreed to announce the performance on his Instagram page (where he now has 4.2 million followers) one month out, for which Ill Intent paid the singer a first deposit totaling $7,500. After Jacquees failed to do so, and Ill Intent requested their deposit back, ICM promised a "promotional video to offset the limited opportunity that remained to promote the event." Ill Intent agreed, reasoning that "the unavailability of tickets for Jacquees' sold-out shows in New York City and Philadelphia would produce additional demand for tickets at the Starland Ballroom."

But Jacquees provided the video three weeks late, Ill Intent claims, after their primary investor had already pulled out. Subsequent promises from Jacquees and ICM to provide an additional social media video, list the performance on the artist's website and more went unfulfilled.

The show was supposed to generate an estimated $64,000 in revenue for Ill Intent. Instead, the company claims the whole ordeal lost them $101,000. "To this date, Defendants failed to supply assistance to promote the show," the complaint reads. The tour date was rescheduled and ultimately canceled. 

Ill Intent is suing for breach of contract, and seeking compensatory, consequential and incidental damages.

The company's attorney in the case, John Moldovan of the Moldovan Law Firm, provided the following statement over email:

"Jacquees had several opportunities to pull out of the agreement, but instead strung Ill Intent along for [months/nearly a year], making false promises in order to collect more deposit money from our Client. 

For the little people -- aspiring music artists, managers, producers, and writers alike, it is truly a sad state of affairs with regard to contracts made between industry giants like 'ICM Partners' and our client 'Ill Intent Entertainment,' owned by Scott Paul, a music artist and very much so, a rising star. 

This is yet another story of agents lining their pockets at the expense of the 'little people,' the artists that cannot afford effective management, and certainly not effective legal counsel. 

The Moldovan Law Firm is proud to have the opportunity to represent one of the young and upcoming talents that deserves the chance to succeed, and the chance at stardom -- without giving away all of his financial interests to an industry giant like ICM."

Billboard has reached out to representatives for Jacquees for comment.


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