Kenny Rogers sues Capitol Records over royalties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Kenny Rogers is suing Capitol Records, claiming the company has not properly paid him for digital downloads, ringtones and other uses of his songs.

Rogers filed the suit on Monday in federal court in Nashville.

He seeks a declaration that, by the terms of his contract, he is owed 50 percent of net royalties for the licensing of his master recordings to third-parties like iTunes and Verizon Wireless.

The suit states that Rogers began an audit of Capitol's books back in 2007 and was in settlement negotiations with the company for about three years.

Rogers claims the company owes him at least $400,000, although he does not know the total amount owed because Capitol has withheld some financial records.

Capitol did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


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