French-Nigerian singer Asa sues Joeboy for copyright infringement and demands a 60% distribution of the edition

Nigerian-French singer, Bukola Elemide, popularly known as Asa, sued Joeboy for copyright infringement. She’s asking for a 60% split in the edit for using her beat in her recently released single “Contour.”

The notice of prosecution was made public by Joeboy on his verified Instagram account.

According to details in the notice dated September 30, Asa accused Joeboy of sampling one of his beats, Composition, created by Alageu Michael Chidozie (PKA Tempoe) on September 22, 2020.

The veteran singer’s legal adviser has asked Joeboy to remove the song from all digital streaming platforms within 24 hours, adding that Joeboy should compensate Asa with a payment of N300 million and a written apology.

The notice reads, in part, “It has come to our attention that your new song, Contour (the “Song”), infringes our Client’s copyright, as recorded/captured in a musical composition (the “Composition”) that it premiered in a recording session, which took place on September 22, 2020, in the presence of the song’s producer, Alageu Michael Chidozie (pka Tempoe).

“We hereby request that you immediately remove the song from all DSPs and any other platforms within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of this letter, with a written apology to our client, as well as to terminate any further violations of our membership, including any other violations.

“We are also demanding that the sum of N300,000,000 (Three Hundred Million Naira) along with a 60% (sixty percent) release share on the song be awarded to our client.”

Joeboy, who appears to have found the whole accusation ridiculous, took to his Instagram story to express his anger. The musician who felt disrespected by the whole review claimed that Asa wanted to exploit him due to his seemingly quiet nature.

He said, “Because I always do love and light, you think I’m soft meat.”

A few hours after his first tweet, the obviously angry musician, tweeted again, calling on Asa to bring him to justice because the notice (24 hours) he had been given had expired.

“You said I had 24 hours, it’s been 48 hours, do something.”

Veteran singer Asa is an indie pop and afrobeat singer, famous for her hits like Bibanke, Jailer and Fire on the mountain among many others.

Asa is highly regarded as a music legend among Millennials and a few Gen Z members whose musical taste resonates with his music genres.

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