Nigerian singer, Douglas Jack Agu, better known by his stage name as Runtown, has reacted to the ban slammed on him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, saying he intends to terminate his contract with Ericmany Entertainment record label to which he is signed. According to report in dailypost, The Enugu State-born songster who rose to fame after he collaborated with Davido to release a song produced by T-Spize titled ‘Gallardo’ in January 2014, has told his own side of the story after his record label dragged him to court.
Recall that the court banned the singer from performing at any event or any form of recording until further notice.
EricMany Entertainment had alleged that the 27-year-old rising musical artiste attended musical shows without the knowledge or approval of the record label and collects money directly for shows without the knowledge of Ericmany.
In a chat with Pulse, the singer said his will to terminate his contract was due to many breaches of the agreement, threat to life and extortion.
Runtown shared a tale of bullying, threats to life, mental torture, and extortion.
According to the singer, he had stared down the barrel of a gun pulled on him by his label boss, and have had to endure multiple verbal abuses and refusal to release his money.
He said, “I signed with EricMany in May 2014, the first one is renewable upon 48 months, and the second one is renewable upon 60 months. We started working. Before EricMany, I already did the ‘Gallardo’ video on my own, I paid N4.5 million for the video, exclusive of the money I used to push the song. You all know hw much it takes to push a song in Africa. I also did ‘Successful’, on my own.
“The first video we did together was ‘Domot’, I noticed that when money started coming in from shows, I was having a lot of bookings, and I noticed that the label started taking all the money.
“The contract stated that I get my percentage which is 35%, until when we recoup like half of what we invest in the career, then we will renegotiate the contract. I accepted and said let’s go ahead.
“We started running, we went for shows and everything, and when I requested for my 35%, problem. I never got any 35% on it. They would always say, ‘We are pushing, we need to put more stuff (money) to push. The thing went on until 2015, when I was working on my album.
“I needed to do some collaboration, like the one I did with DJ Khaled. I was in the states and out of money, I spent between $40,000 and $50,000, and that’s just the ones I can account for. I spent more than that on the collabo.
“He told me stories of how he killed people in prison, and that anyone that f*** with him, that he will kill the person. Of course, I won’t go to that kind of person’s house. What if I go there and anything happens to me?
“I said I won’t go there, that we have to come to the office the label has been borrowing in Lekki Phase 1 (Lagos). We agreed to come to the office to do the meeting.
“Then he said that it was disrespectful, that he was not going to come to the office and sit with those small boys. When he filed the injunction, that’s when I brought in my lawyer.
“I want to terminate the contract, because they have been breaching it all these times, and I don’t want to go on with it again,” ‘Gallardo’ crooner lamented.