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    Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:43:37

    Aretha Franklin Comments on Royalties Lawsuit - Her songwriting partner is suing her publishing company

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    Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has expressed her disappointment with her longtime songwriting partner after he launched a legal battle over royalty payments. Last month, songwriter Norman West, who has worked with the singer since the 1980s, filed suit.

    West is suing executives at Franklin's publishing company Springtime Publishing over allegations they failed to sign a royalty agreement for a song called "Put it Back Together Again," which appears on the Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love.

    'Retha issued the following statement: "To say the least, I am extremely disappointed that Norman West had the unmitigated gall to file a law suit against Springtime Publishing, Inc. considering how I've personally assisted and advised him over the past 15 years." Ouch. That's the diva comng out, rightfully so. She continued, "I've helped Norman West make a name for himself in the music industry, earn a living and in the past I've used several of his songs on my CDs, which resulted in other artists performing and recording his compositions."

    Team Aretha Franklin or Team Norman West?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.04.11



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