Bruno Mars: Angry Red Planet

Bruno Mars Sues His Music Publishers: Tells Them To Bug Off

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No doubt that Bruno Mars is the “It Man.” If you don’t believe us, just think about his over-the-top tribute to Amy Winehouse at the VMAs.

He sings, he dances, he plays the drums, he dresses better than Janelle Monae, and most importantly he writes hit songs, both for himself and Flo Rida, B.o. B, Travie McCoy, and K’naan.

But therein lies the problem. If Bruno Mars could have one wish, he’d wish he could make his music publishers disappear. The Grammy-winning performer has filed a lawsuit against Bug Music, claming that his argreement with the august firm ended on May 12, 2011, when they failed to renew their contract with him, and since the publisher didn’t offer to extend the contract, he insists that he is free to go.

Bug isn’t going to let him bug-off so easily. When he tried to exercise his new freedom, Bug claimed the tiny hitmaker was still under contract and owes them songs. According to Mars’ lawyer, Michael J. Niborski, after Mars told Bug he wanted to leave, they “shifted gears and suddenly argued that [Mars] had not, in fact met the minimum release requirements. Meaning they continue to get 50 percent of the copyrights to all the songs he writes. Niborski said that in order for deal to remain in effect, Bug would have to officially extend its option to continue,” something they have not yet done.

Hopefuly the Los Angeles County Superior Court will legally terminate his contract.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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