Lady Gaga's Producer Sued for $1 Million

Lady Gaga's Producer Sued for $1 Million

Another producer claims he's owed royalties for co-authoring Gaga's hit singles.

Published June 19, 2011

Lady Gaga's producer Rob Fusari was recently hit with a million dollar lawsuit by another veteran hip hop producer who claims he's owed royalties for co-authoring several of Gaga's hit singles, AllHipHop News reports. Calvin Gaines, who started out working with well-known artists like MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa and Stetsasonic, filed the suit against Fusari and his company Rob Fusari Productions on June 15th. He says he was cheated out of credit and royalties for Gaga's "Paparazzi," "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" and "Disco Heaven."

 

Fusari and Gaines met around 1997 and co-authored/produced five songs for singer Brandy, which were never released, and co-wrote "No No No" and "You're the Only One" for Destiny's Child. Later on, they wrote the aformentioned songs for Gaga and according to Gaines, he's 20 percent owner of the copyrights for the songs. Fusari, on the other hand, alleges that Gaines interests were tranferred to Sony/ATV songs.

Gaga's The Fame album went on to sell more than three million copies in the United States and has been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in 25 other countries.

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Written by Dorkys Ramos

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