Police Raid Sony Mexico Offices After Legal Dispute Between Label and Latin Pop Singer Alejandro Fernandez
Published Sep 08, 2009Rather than whine and moan about his frustrations with the major label system, Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez has decided to get even. The popular Latin pop star, who's sold 15 million albums and won two Latin Grammy Awards, took matters into his own hands when he recently had police raid the Sony Mexico offices, seizing thousands of CDs and storage devices.
According to a report from Daily Tech [via The Daily Swarm], Fernandez spent ten years on Sony Mexico but left in 2008. The label decided to release an album of unreleased material this year, which left Fernandez understandably pissed.
In a statement, Sony called the discs "totally authorized," saying, "we trust that the Mexican courts will confirm our rights as soon as possible."
Fernandez's lawyer, Jose Luis Caballero, barked back, saying, "What Sony did that was wrong and illegal was to assume that they could take those tracks that weren't part of the previous albums and release them as an eighth album, as if it were new material over which they had rights. And it's perfectly clear that the company's contract is limited to seven albums."
While the legal results of this dispute are yet to be decided it's nice to see a major label artist fight back for a change.