Usher embroiled in song rights scandal

Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 10:15 AM IST

London: Usher has been pulled into a lawsuit by a student songwriter who has alleged he was cheated out of ownership rights for the hip hop star`s hit number `Monster`.

The `Yeah!` hitmaker included the song in his 2010 release Raymond vs Raymond, but Kameron Glasper claims he was conned into signing away half of his interest in the tune, which was part of a 10-track package deal he entered into in 2009 for Legendary Poets Music Publishing.

Glasper, also known as Kam Parker, insisted he was a "young, inexperienced college student" trying to break into the music industry when he agreed to the contract with publishing company owner Bethel Harris.

He alleged that Harris "exploited" his talents and claimed to be "the only person that Usher Raymond`s representatives would negotiate with for the song Monster", reported a website.

Legendary Poets shut down in February 2010 – before relaunching that summer - and Glasper argues his contract should be dissolved too.

He recently filed the civil complaint in DeKalb Superior Court in Georgia and is seeking to take back full ownership of his songs, in addition to compensation and legal costs.

PTI