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Phillip Phillips Files Major Lawsuit Against 'American Idol' Team

Phillip Phillips Files Major Lawsuit Against 'American Idol' Team

Phillip Phillips has filed a lawsuit in hopes of getting himself released from the recording, management, and merchandising deals with 19 Entertainment that he entered into as the winner of American Idol.

The 24-year-old singer, who won season 11 of the hit Fox series, says he was “manipulated” by 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies into accepting jobs.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol,” Phillip said in the lawsuit (via The Hollywood Reporter). “The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

Among the things that Phillip stated in the lawsuit were that he was forced to perform for free for an Idol sponsor and that he didn’t know the title of his latest album before it was released publicly.

For more on the lawsuit, visit THR.com!

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  • J Russell

    Damn Phillip get better looln everyday. His voice is sent straight from Heaven!! Awesome man!

  • On a Clear Day

    I wonder which part of the phrase “A deals a deal.” He didn’t understand? Now that he has used them; gotten the publicity and exposure he wanted; won whatever prize the show offered; gotten the recording contract that I assume comes with the win, poor baby feels he has gotten a bad deal and wants to take his marbles and go home. Can you say “Selfish, spoiled brat”?

  • Modelspiceboi

    A number of young hopefuls have signed contracts and later realized that the people they were working with didn’t have any of their interests at heart. An artist should know what the hell their album is titled before it goes public. An artist should be able to decide their performance fees. 19 Management got dropped by the Spice Girls for doing a lot of shady shit (like the Girls not having a “day off” for over a year), so this isn’t surprising. Especially as most of the people who go on AI don’t have high powered entertainment lawyers to help them wade through the many contracts they are signing.

  • Jae J

    I’m not saying Phillip is being a big, ungrateful baby who wouldn’t even have fans if it weren’t for the Idol machine, BUT… wait, yes I am. Consider this: Carrie Underwood not only completed her contract with them but signed a new one when it was up. So how bad could 19 be if the biggest star in the Idol galaxy not only didn’t quit that bitch but went back for more?

  • GeminiLuver

    American Idol is a waste anyway. These people win and then you don’t hear any songs from them. The Idol dream died years ago. Give it a rest.

  • Adía

    These TV show contracts are never any good. He should try to make enough money to buy himself out

  • On a Clear Day

    You are missing my point. Nobody tied him down and waterboarded him until he broke down and signed, did they? Before you make up an excuse for him trying to renege and say “Yes, but…..”, the answer is an unequivocal NO. My guess is that he was only too eager to sign but now that he probably does have a sharp lawyer – who is greedily eyeing a piece of the cash cow shepherd’s pie – suddenly he is the wounded, taken advantage so called artist and acting as though he was younger than the age of majority at the time and therefore because “I don’t like having to be honorable and live up to my obligations because I find them inconvenient” he is trying to sneak out on them.

    If I were 19 management I would never give him a release, I would make it perfectly clear that it will be a cold day in hell before he gets to take the money and run and make him my special legal project – meaning, devote whatever amount of resources and time it takes regardless of how much of either it

  • PhDiva

    He is trying to embarrass them into treating him better by suing right as the new season of AI starts, and it is a smart move.

    He is right to sue. No contract should be used as an excuse for indentured servitude. As soon as they compelled him to perform for free, they violated the principles of the contract and made themselves vulnerable. If you work for free you are a volunteer or a slave. I’m sure that’s not the contract he signed.

    Even if he doesn’t get out of the contract, he is exposing them to very bad publicity so they will start changing the way they manage him.

  • On a Clear Day

    And you have read the contract? And know that for a fact? This guy wants it both ways. He wants all the good stuff they showered upon him but now he realizes it is time to pay the piper and that’s just too much of a pain in the ass for him to own up to. They should make an example out of him.

  • kosanya
  • Melanie Merle

    Just wait and watch. Phillip Phillips is going to be around for a long, long time. He’s never been commercial. He reminds me of a very young Eddie Vedder.

  • Modelspiceboi

    Different experiences for different people. 19 Management also saw the Spice Girls fire them when they were on top of the world because they didn’t like their management style.

  • Modelspiceboi

    Why are you so quick to jump to 19′s defense. It would be different if he’s trying to drop them right after he was signed, but he won AI almost 3 years ago and has had 2 album cycles with them. Many non-winning AI alums go on to sign record and management deals, so it isn’t out of the question to assume that he would have had an offer regardless.

  • On a Clear Day

    He is 24. That made him 21 when he signed. If he was foolish enough to sign something he felt was a bad deal, whose fault is that? We live in a world where personal responsibility is almost as rare as hen’s teeth. Of course, where would all the lawyers who make their living helping people break their word and their agreement go if people were responsible?

  • Amused

    Uhhhh, exactly why did he think no decent singers have ever been on that “show”? It is, was, and will remain the last stop for soulless, talentless shmucks that couldn’t make it on Broadway.

  • Modelspiceboi

    The job of an entertainment manager is to look after an artist’s best interests. If the artist feels that the management agency is no longer doing that (or never was doing that), it is the artist’s personal responsibility to redress the issue, up to and including firing the management.

  • SBUBBA

    He looks familiar. Is he that ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’ chick?

  • Mike Gilley

    they own your soul

  • J Lacey

    The fact is, if Phillip Phillips had any real talent he’d automatically have the voice in marketing matters that he doesn’t have, despite what his contract may or may not say. Who SHOULD be in there instead hitting home run after home run, is Jessica Sanchez — but that’s another story. Phillips’ biggest hit will be the memory of him being laughed out of the court room.

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