2012 X Factor Australia winner Samantha Jade has found herself in a legal battle with her former management team after they filed a lawsuit in California against the winning singer.
As was widely documented throughout her journey on the show, Jade had spent a long time trying to crack into the music industry, achieving moderate success by scoring a track on the dance movie ‘Step up’ but it wasn’t until joining talent show X Factor and winning the series with mentor Guy Sebastian that her career took off.
The singer is now being sued by former USA based management agency Camp West Recorders Inc who are also suing everyone linked with Samantha including her record label Sony Music, her manager Parade Artists, X Factor Australia’s production company FremantleMedia Australia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, which developed and own the X Factor format.
Jade signed a development deal with Camp West Recorders Inc company presidents John Harris and Ty Knox Harris when she moved to Los Angeles and was starting her music career at the age of 15 .The lawsuit alleges that the company spent $2 million developing Samantha as an artist and that she is technically still signed to their management company. Camp West Recorders Inc. also claim that their pre-existing agreement with 26 year old Samantha entitles them to benefit financially from her ongoing success achieved since her X Factor win.
The company’s president John Harris told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph Confidential section, “We developed Samantha as an artist. We wanted her to be a big star and our role was to do whatever was necessary to take her to the next level.”
Considering Jade was employed and working in her fathers warehouse in Perth when auditioning for the show, just how much interest Camp West Recorders Inc had in Samantha Jade before her X Factor win is still yet to be known.
Samantha Jade’s current management team Parade Management are standing behind Jade stating they will back Samantha “against these baseless claims”
Sony Music Australia have also weighed in on the lawsuit saying, “We are aware of the claim in Los Angeles by Samantha’s former manager. Sony Music has acted properly at all times and will deal with this litigation accordingly.”