Thursday, February 11, 2016

Music execs battle over Philly artists

Christina Perri and Good Old War spark lawsuit

Music execs battle over Philly artists

Christina Perri is one of the artists.
Christina Perri is one of the artists.

Bensalem-born pop star Christina Perri and Philly-based indie band Good Old War are in the middle of lawsuit between Bill Silva Management and two former employees.

Silva sued Thomas Gates and Ryan Chisholm in Superior Court alleging the erstwhile employees for intentional interference with contract and unfair competition. The suit seeks $50,000 in damages.

Perri is best known for her songs "Jar of Hearts" and "A Thousand Years," the latter of which was on the "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" soundtrack. Good Old War, who have a nice folk-bent, released their third album "Come Back as Rain" in March.

Gates and Chisholm served as managers for the Philly artists until they left the management company in November 2012. According to the complaint, Perri and Good Old War then left Bill Silva Management breaking management contracts before they expired.

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Silva most prominent client is fedora-loving strummer Jason Mraz. 

From the four-page complaint:

Unbeknownst to plaintiff, prior to defendants' resignation, defendants had actively conspired to steal Perri and GOW [Good Old War] as clients from plaintiff, including that defendants secretly conspired with Perri to help her draft a letter from her to plaintiff in which she informed plaintiff that she had decided to engage defendants as her managers rather than plaintiff. Defendants also undertook similar efforts to steal GOW as a client away from plaintiff to work with defendants.

No word yet on why Chisholm and Gates loved their Philly-born and bred musicians so much. Maybe it's something in the wooder.

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