Grammy-winning singer Anita Baker has filed a lawsuit in federal court against an audio equipment rental company she says ruined some tracks recorded for her new album. Baker filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit against Zomba Recording Corp. and its Dreamhire division. She is seeking more than $200,000. Chris Dunn, vice president and general manager for Dreamhire, declined comment to the Detroit Free Press.
Baker alleges that a 24-track tape machine she rented produced random popping noises. The company sent a technician to Baker’s studio to repair the equipment, but Baker says the technician determined that the recorded material could not be salvaged because no system could remove the popping noises.
Baker, who began recording the songs in August 2000, said she was forced to rerecord them. According to the lawsuit, she said it cost her more than $500,000 to rent the equipment, hire producers, songwriters, musicians and vocalists, and pay their travel and housing expenses.
Baker’s most recent studio album, “Rhythm of Love” (Elektra), debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 in October 1994.
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