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    Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:59:45

    Aretha Franklin's Songwriting Partner Launches Suit Over Royalties - Norman West has worked with the Queen of Soul since the 1980s

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    R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

    Norman West, Aretha Franklin's longtime songwriting partner, who has worked with the Queen of Soul who has an angel in her throat according to Lady Gaga, since the 1980s, has launched a legal battle over royalty payments! I guess he wants his financial R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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

    In the lawsuit, filed at a District Court in Detroit, Michigan on Friday, West also alleges that Springtime bosses committed copyright infringement over an earlier song he wrote called "Watch My Back." Clearly, they were not watching his back.

    West's lawyer Jeffrey Thennisch told The Detroit News that "these are two parties that have a long-standing working collaboration. Mr. West has the utmost respect for Springtime and everyone associated with it. Mr. West has told me that he owes much of his career to Aretha Franklin and that he views her as both a mentor and a guiding force in his career."

    West wants a judge to order company bosses to sign the agreement to ensure future royalties and award him unspecified damages.

    What drama.

    What is your favorite Aretha Franklin song?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    07.19.11




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