T-Series clarifies misconceptions about Singers agreements

With the recent controversy around the music of Shekhar Suman's Heartless, wherein singers Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan refused to sign their agreements with the film's producer and Sonu even took to Twitter stating that the contracts are illegal; music label T-Series has come forward to clarify certain notions about the whole situation.

Talking about the issue, President of T-Series, Neeraj Kalyan states, "T-Series has not signed any agreement with Mr. Sonu Nigam in the past 5 years and whatever he may have signed or has refused to sign is between him and the respective Producers of the Films."

Talking about the agreements, he states, "We would like to take this opportunity to expressly and unequivocally appraise the singer fraternity that the agreements which the entire producer community has adopted are in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act, 1957 and the same cannot be said to be illegal in any manner whatsoever."

Kalyan adds that, "The terms of the agreements with singers are freely negotiable and subject only to the mutual agreement of the parties. There is no embargo on assignment of Performer's Rights including any right to receive royalties. Certain Singers with vested interests, based on their erroneous interpretation of draft singer agreements adopted by the Producers, have been spreading false rumours and trying to dissuade others from signing the agreements. Singers should all appreciate that it is the Producer who is investing in the Songs / Music and it is the producer who pays enormous sums to Composers and lyricists to compose and record songs based on his film's story and then picturizes those songs on big star cast and who further spends crores on its promotion, whereas a singer merely lends his voice to the lyrics and compositions already created and has little creative input in the song. The same Singer then earns crores by performing those songs in live shows and doesn't share any income with the Producers. The mere rendering of the song can be done by any talented trained singer and thus the singers should take rendering for a film song as an opportunity and not arm twist Producers by not signing the contracts on the basis of unreasonable and unrealistic demands. It is imperative to point out that the draft agreement referred to by Sonu Nigam has no restrictions whatsoever on his or any other singer's ability to perform live. Eminent singers like Arijit, Shaan, Mohit Chauhan, Ash King, Benny Dayal, Neeraj Sridhar, Humsika Iyer, Nandini Shrikar and many more are happily signing the Producer's agreements."

However, Neeraj Kalyan assures the new talent to not be hassled by the ongoing debates over this issue. He states, "We would urge and advise all our singer friends not to get carried away by few passionate tweets / posts and it is imperative that they are not misled by certain parties who have vested interests contrary to the larger interest of the entire film industry. T-Series has always believed in developing and nurturing new talent and has played a pivotal role in giving to our industry some of the well known Singers of the last two decades. In case the Singer fraternity still has any concerns, we are always happy to discuss and address the same and we remain committed to nurturing our excellent relationship with the singer fraternity."

Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more

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