Like their choice of business associates and their press stunts and their general suckiness. Following the semi-scanadlous, street team-manipulated success of their 2006 breakthrough If Only You Were Lonely, the middling mall screamo band has prepared its genre-mandated bazillion-track multi-genre concept followup opus. But they are being prevented from flooding the market with two whole CDs worth of overwrought whining about evil broads because they’re too busy being sued by the dick who ran their former label, Victory Records, plus a buncha other people. So…they lose, but we win?
The group is still battling its label, Victory Records, and its president, Tony Brummel, in Chicago federal court, claiming damage to the group’s reputation and its relationship with its fans. Brummel countersued the band and Virgin Records, who he claimed was trying to steal Hawthorne Heights away. There are also outstanding copyright ownership and trademark infringement issues. Judge James Moran has ruled that Hawthorne Heights’ contract with Victory does not prohibit the band from recording for another company but that the group still owes Victory two more albums.
Oh, and they’re also being sued by their former management company for the cherry. And maybe a few more litigants they forgot? Guess you’ll think twice before engaging with your label in shameful (and failed!) chart-fixing, anti-Ne-Yo propaganda, guys, Man, it’s just “all roads lead to Ne-Yo” day around here today, isn’t it? Ne-yo, Ne-yo, Ne-yo.
Legal Drama Delaying Next Hawthorne Heights CD [Billboard]