Elijah King (Elijah King)
A group of Miami music agents is suing singer-songwriter Elijah King, winner of the FIFA World Cup SuperSong competition, and Sony Music Entertainment Inc., alleging he reneged on a development contract.
The lawsuit filed Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court claims Sony talked King into giving a song to the company for a pitch to pop superstar Ricky Martin while under a one-year contract with Miami-based Hundred Proof Club LLC, Think Famous Productions LLC, Akelan Family Inc. and JDK Entertainment LLC. The Miami companies provided marketing, development and management services to King under a contract that began in April 2013.
The suit alleges Sony/ATV Music Publishing Inc. executives induced King to enter the Sony Music World Cup FIFA songwriting contest to contribute to the official 2014 World Cup soundtrack to be held in June in Brazil.
The contest, which was advertised in 30 countries, drew more than 1,500 entries.
The suit claimed Sony “rigged” the contest to allow King’s song, “Vida,” to win. King gave Sony his song two months before the contest began, the suit alleges.
“We believe there was collusion,” said Alicia Roman of the Hachar Law Firm of Miami Lakes, who filed the suit.
The lawsuit alleges fraud in the inducement, tortious interference, a violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and other grounds. It seeks a transfer of the copyright to “Vida” as well as any other songs King wrote while under contract to the plaintiffs.
The suit filed against several Sony divisions, including Sony Music Holdings Inc., seeks an undetermined amount in damages.
King moved to Miami in 2007 to pursue a full-time singing career. His first taste of success came in 2007 when he signed his first record deal with the independent record label VIP Music.
In the middle of 2008, his first hit single “Cry No More/No Llores” hit the airwaves in English and Spanish, making it to the Billboard Top 50.
After returning to the studio, he released two singles—”Never See You Again” in 2010 featuring Gyptian and “Hand Clap” released in 2011 featuring T-Pain and rapper Young Cash from T-Pain’s Nappy Boy label.
The video for King’s Spanish single, “Nunca Te Vuelvo A Ver” received singificant airplay on Latin music stations including VH1 Latin America.
King is working on his debut album, a Spanish-language release which will feature Fuego.
Julie Kay can be reached at (305) 347-6685.