Judge Rules 90s Rap Group No Longer Has To Work With Kedar Entertainment
A judge ordered a record label executive to pay more than $400,000 to Dru Hill after the group sued him for ruining what was supposed to be their comeback album.
Manhattan Federal Judge Victor Marrero recently issued a default judgment against Kedar Entertainment CEO Kedar Massenburg after the court found that the music mogul never responded to the lawsuit, according to court papers.
The singers said they signed deals with the company for two new albums, and Kedar promised to spend a minimum of $300,000 on promoting each one, 2010’s “InDRUpendence Day,” and Sisqo’s “Last Dragon,” which dropped in 2016.
But the suit said Kedar didn’t spend anywhere close to that amount, and in turn, Dru Hill lost millions in record sales, live shows and publishing profits. Dru Hill also complained that they never saw a dime of their advances and royalties from the records.
Judge Marrero ruled that the contract that the “We’re Not Making Love No More” singers were no longer bound to the contract that they signed with Kedar in 2009, and gave the group sole ownership of songs they made under Kedar’s management, including “Last Dragon,” “InDruPendence Day,” “She Wants Me,” and “Can’t Stop.”
The judge also ruled that Kedar has to pay Dru Hill $414,610 plus interest.
Dru Hill sued Kedar and his record label for bungling their comeback album and not paying them.
Kedar Entertainment – headed by former Motown Records honcho Kedar Massenburg – had a month to answer Dru Hill’s lawsuit, but never did.