Avenged Sevenfold may have released its new album The Stage via Capitol Records on Friday (October 28th), but that doesn’t mean the band’s legal battle with former label Warner Bros. Records is over. According to the Wall Street Journal, Warner Music’s case against the band is scheduled to go to trial in 2017. Warner Music sued the band earlier this year for breach of contract, claiming that Avenged owed the company one more album under its contract.
Avenged Sevenfold notified Warner Music in late 2015 that it would not deliver any further recordings to the company, citing Section 2855 of the California Labor Code, which limits the duration of personal-services agreements to seven years — the “seven-year statute.”
- To recover damages, Warner Music will have to show how much it would have earned had it released the band’s latest album.
- The surprise arrival of The Stage on Friday may help Warner’s case because the record’s release will demonstrate how many potential CDs and digital copies a new album on Warner Music could have sold.
- Warner Music is issuing a greatest hits collection from the group in December, without their input into the track selection or artwork. Avenged singer M. Shadowstold Rolling Stone that the band was unaware of the collection until two weeks ago.
- The emergence of The Stage on Friday made Avenged Sevenfold the first-ever rock band to issue an unannounced album in both digital and physical form. The quintet unveiled the set during their live-streamed performance from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (October 27th).