Miami-based producer Terrence “T-Robb” Robinson has filed a $200 million lawsuit against Destiny’s Child, claiming that the group based its hit song “Survivor” on music he wrote, Billboard Bulletin reports.
The suit, filed Oct. 14 in U.S. District Court for the southern district of Texas (Houston division), also names as defendants Destiny’s Child manager Mathew Knowles, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia Records, Music World Entertainment and State of Mind Muzic Inc.
Robinson alleges that he provided an original song called “Glorious” to Knowles in 2000, and that portions of the song were subsequently used in the Destiny’s Child composition “Survivor,” which appeared on the 2001 Columbia album of that name. The suit claims that “Glorious” was not copyrighted when Robinson provided it to Knowles, but a copyright was later secured.
Robinson seeks damages equal to all gains and profits derived from the album “Survivor,” which has sold 4.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Calls to Knowles and Columbia for comment were not returned by deadline.
In other news, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams will replace Toni Braxton in the Broadway production of “Aida,” beginning Nov. 18. Williams will appear in the show for 10 weeks, ending in late January. Her second album, “Do You Know?,” is also due in January via Music World/Columbia.