In a new lawsuit filed today (April 17) in the Manhattan Supreme Court, Aspire Music Group -- represented by longtime Donald Trump litigator Marc E. Kasowitz -- has sued Cash Money Records, alleging missing profits and copyright royalties stemming from Drake's first six solo albums, which could end up totaling in the tens of millions, according to court documents reviewed by Billboard.
The suit cites breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing and tortious interference as specific claims, and includes Cash Money co-owners Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams, as well as Young Money Entertainment, as defendants. News of the impending suit was first reported in January by Page Six.
In the filing, Aspire claims that in 2008, it signed an exclusive recording agreement with Drake, then entered into an agreement in June 2009 with Cash Money Records that would allow Drake to record for the label in exchange for one-third of the net profits of his first six albums and one third of the copyrights of his master recordings for those same albums, as well as monthly accounting and payments. As laid out in court documents, those albums are 2009's So Far Gone, 2010's Thank Me Later, 2011's Take Care, 2013's Nothing Was the Same, 2015's If You're Reading This, It's Too Late and 2016's Views.