Don't Label Me: Artists Beefin' With Their Record Labels
Teena Marie vs. Motown
Few people are aware of just how Teena Marie's case against Motown Records set new precedent in the industry. In 1981, the singer got into a legal battle with Motown about the label not releasing new material. Teena prevailed in court. "The Brockert Initiative" (named so in her honor — Marie's birth name is Mary Christine Brockert) now makes it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for that artist.