Kanye West Settles Lawsuit With EMI Publishing

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Kanye West is seen at Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Aug. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles.

The nearly eight-month legal battle between Kanye West and his publisher, EMI, has come to an end. The parties have agreed to settle at an undisclosed amount, according to court documents filed on Monday (Sept. 23) and obtained by Billboard.

“PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiffs Please Gimme My Publishing, Inc., West Brands, LLC, Kanye West, and Ye World Publishing, Inc. (the 'Plaintiffs') and Defendants EMI April Music, Inc. and EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (the 'Defendants') (collectively, the 'Parties') have reached an agreement in principle to settle the above-captioned action in its entirety," the document reads. "The Parties expect to draft and finalize a settlement agreement within ninety (90) days.”

The news was first reported by The Blast

West filed suit against EMI in January, wanting out of the contract he signed with the publisher while recording his 2004 debut album College Dropout. West claimed that the contract -- which explicitly forbids him from retiring as a songwriter, recording artist or producer -- is illegal under California labor codes. But EMI responded by counter-suing West, alleging that the rapper was breaching his deal.

Billboard has reached out to attorneys on both sides for comment. Meanwhile, West's new album Jesus Is King is slated to arrive on Friday (Sept. 27).


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