Jill Scott Label Demands New Music Or Else?

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Vibe / February 4, 2010

Soulful singer Jill Scott is facing a major legal woe this week, coming straight from the record label that launched albums including Who Is Jill Scott?.

In a lawsuit filed by Hidden Beach Recordings earlier this month, executives claim Scott owes the label three additional albums before she may enter into an agreement with another entity.

According to label founder, Steve McKeever, who helped launch Scott’s career, the singer/actress dumped him and the label in October after a 10-plus year relationship and before completing her six album contract.

“Hidden Beach is shocked by her decision not only because Scott has apparently chosen to leave the Hidden Beach family,” the complaint reads, “but also because Scott is contractually required to deliver three more albums to Hidden Beach.”

According to Reuters, Scott was clearly the center of attention for McKeever at Hidden Beach.

“The complaint alleges he paid her million-dollar advances when he wasn’t required to, allowed her to keep merchandising revenue, paid $450,000 to fund a concert DVD that Scott later asked not be released, bought her lavish gifts and indulged her desire to slow her recording schedule to pursue an acting career.” Scott has appeared in the films Houndog, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and HBO’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Sources say Hidden Beach could receive compensation for Scott’s alleged decision to breach their six album contract.

Scott is reportedly recording a new album titled The Light of the Sun, which is slated for release late 2010.

At press time, Scott had not issued a statement regarding the lawsuit or her relationship with Hidden Beach Recordings.