R&B Singer Ginuwine Sues Record Label over Alleged Fake Contract

R&B singer Ginuwine says he was tricked into signing a contract with a record company that doesn’t exist. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, the ‘So Anxious’ singer says he was persuaded to sign on May 8, 2007, with King Music Group Inc., a company that a personal acquaintance, Michael Bourne of Memphis, Tenn., said he owned. Terms of the contract gave Ginuwine, whose real name is Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, $1.75 million to record his first album with King, including a $500,000 advance, according to court papers. In nearly five months, the singer hasn’t made any records and hasn’t been paid a cent, the lawsuit said. In addition, the lawsuit said, there is no corporate record for King Music Group Inc. anywhere in New York, California, Florida or Tennessee. The lawsuit accuses King Music and Bourne of breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation. It asks for a total of $4 million in damages. Ginuwine’s lawyer, Corey D. Boddie, said Thursday that his client is now unable to record anywhere else. He said the singer could be sued if he made records for another company while under contract to King. Ginuwine’s albums include “Back II Da Basics,” “Ginuwine … The Bachelor” and “The Life.” Ginuwine has also formed a group with Tank and Tyrese named TGT. Their first single will be a remix of Tank’s “Please Don’t Go”, with an international tour entitled “The Shirts Off Tour” and search for a fourth member to follow.

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