Casey Spooner — one-half of the recently-disbanded electroclash duo Fischerspooner — is claiming credit on Madonna's single “God Control," saying he co-wrote on an early version of the Madame X track with French producer Mirwais but isn't getting any cut of profits.
“I’ve been dealing with this for 5 months and I’m over it," Spooner wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. "I have played nice and been very patient but time is up!”
In Spooner's Instagram Stories he offered further details, saying he was originally hired by Mirwais to do work on a song for the French producer’s solo album. That project was later shelved and Spooner said he was shocked to hear the work he had done on the track — which included cleaning up the producer’s lyrics and adding an additional melody — pop up in “God Control."
“My jaw drops immediately and I have a knot in my gut,” he wrote. “It’s the song I worked on. It contains my work and is influenced by my demo. I’m extremely emotional and feel deeply betrayed.”
Spooner claims that after multiple emails to Mirwais (one of which he posted a screenshot of to Instagram) went unreturned, he was contacted by Madonna’s legal team and offered $10,000 as an advance against publishing and 15% writing credit. After Spooner balked, the pop star’s lawyer Mike Goldsmith then allegedly upped the advance offer to $25,000 to avoid a protracted legal battle — terms Spooner described as “shitty” — claiming Mirwais hadn’t made Madonna aware of Spooner’s contributions.
“I’m getting a 25K advance against publishing royalties which after legal fees and taxes will be 10K?!?!” Spooner's Instagram post reads. “It’s been an endless nightmare of lawyers and waiting and more emails…..and for what?! 10K?”
Spooner continued, stating he "should be getting paid a percentage of the live show" and is considering suing for damages.
“There is no money in record sales. Period. Not even for Madonna. I’ve seen the numbers," he wrote. "I’ve changed my mind. I think 1% of touring profits will cover my contribution and damages. I mean, it is the opening number in the show. And while you’re galavanting around on stage….I’m completely broke in Berlin. Robbed, ignored and delayed."
Spooner later posted his demo of the Mirwais track that was allegedly used in “God Control,” which you can listen to below.
A rep for Madonna could not be reached for comment at time of publishing. Mirwais could not be reached for comment at time of publishing. Spooner could not be reached for comment and his attorney Craig Averill said he was no longer representing him in this matter.