RHOA stars fighting over copyright to "Tardy for the Party."
Is Kandi Burruss' lawsuit against her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kim Zolciak a legitimate gripe over copyright or a ratings ploy? In recent comments made via her rep, Zolciak seems to think it's the latter.
The backstory: singer/songwriter Burruss filed a lawsuit against her frenemy Zolciak last week, alleging that the blonde bombshell didn't adequately credit or pay her for "Tardy for the Party," a track they created together. Viewers of the show will remember that Burruss turned Zolciak's sad little ditty into a chart-topper in season three of the series. Burruss and her partner Rodney Richard are seeking proper credit and royalties, even asking for a detailed accounting of revenue from the track.
Zolciak's attorney and rep, naturally, assert that the lawsuit has no merit, claiming that the wig-loving belle has paid more that $23,000 in royalties to Burruss, Richard and even the song's original author Don Vito.
Team Zolciak is also raising an eyebrow at the timing of Kandi's lawsuit. "Two days before the reunion show is taped, the lawsuit lands on Kim's desk. Awfully suspicious timing," says Kim's rep Mike Paul to RadarOnline.com.
Paul also claims that Burruss has only herself to blame if she's unhappy with the business deal. "We assume this has been a major lesson for Kandi," Paul says condescendingly. "Maybe focusing on her next 15 minutes of fame should not have been the priority for Kandi versus three and a half years after the song was released, Kandi realizing she handled all aspects of the song in a very sloppy and messy way. We understand it is not the first time either. As Kandi is also a music industry veteran, it is also a shame."
Whichever way this lawsuit goes, looks like we have our A-plot for season six of Real Housewives of Atlanta.
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