Runtown Banned From Performing In Nigeria And USA – Fast-rising Nigerian singer Runtown’s fight with his Eric Many label has seen the singer served multiple injunctions.
The Domot singer was served the first of the injunctions on the 31st of May, where a Federal High Court in Lagos issued a notice that “prevents him from performing at any event or any form of recording for the time being unless with the approval of Ericmany Limited.”
And on Friday, June 3, Lydia Obasi Hills, a US entertainment lawyer representing Eric Many, secured a temporary injunction that will prevent Runtown from performing in the US. “Runtown’s injunction sends a message to Nigerian artists that it’s important to respect the sanctity of contracts, and to work with their labels who often invest large sums into promoting their careers,” Obasi said in a statement.
Obasi had claimed that Runtown’s breach of his contract would cause Eric Many incalculable losses because of the growing rise of Nigerian music internationally.
United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto agreed that it would be “virtually impossible to quantify the losses that EricMany will suffer if it is not affiliated with Runtown during this critical time for Nigerian music.” The ban sees Runtown barred from “singing, appearing, hosting, performing, promoting, arranging, facilitating, scheduling, advertising or permitting the performance of Douglas Jack Agu “Runtown” at any venue on or after June 3, 2016.”
Obasi Hills added: “It’s wrong for an artist to reap the benefits that signing to a label provides, only to leave thereafter to the detriment of the label, and after the artist has achieved fame and success in large part due to the label’s investments in the artist’s career. EricMany has invested over $600,000.00 USD into Runtown’s career and has yet to re-coup the totality of its investment. ”