WEDNESDAY, JULY 09, 2014|
Posted by: Matt Howard
Jay Z's latest record, Magna Carta Holy Grail sold 528,208 copies in its first week on the shelves last summer, and the double-platinum album has since gone on to topple the million mark. All of that money, yet Swiss Jazz musician Bruno Spoerri didn't see a single penny from those sales. Who the hell is Swiss Jazz musician Bruno Spoerri, you ask? The 78-year-old is the creator of the base sample used by Jay Z and Timbaland in the album's track "Versus", which they used without permission.
"In a way I'm flattered that a relatively young rapper takes a sample from an old man, a sample that is about 35 years old," Spoerri told swissinfo.ch back in January.
"On the other hand I'm furious because it would have been so simple to clear the sample. All it would have needed was a call or an email to the company and I think it would have been relatively cheap."
Lawyers representing Spoerri's record label Finders Keepers have been in contact with Timbaland Productions since the "Versus" dispute was first brought to light in September 2013.
According to industry experts, Spoerri could sue Jay Z and Timbaland for upwards of half a million dollars, and the American artists have agreed to compensate him for the sample, however, their settlement offer currently stands at only $25,000. This may sound like a decent offer, but that would barely cover the legal fees that Spoerri has already endured.
Jay Z is just chock full of mischievous secrets these days...