Last week, I exclusively received a press release from Vibesland Ent. informing me that they were on their last mile of filing the injunction against Burna Boy, and things were looking promising. Yes…this case has been going on for awhile.
I was hesitant to post the press release, despite other blogs posting it, because I believe to be a reputable media outlet, you must post both sides.
Below is the press release Vibesland Ent. sent me.
BURNA BOY IS GETTING SUED IN AMERICA OVER BREACHED OF CONTRACT (PRESS RELEASE)
A U.S based International Tour Promoter Niyi Fatogun, founder and CEO, VIbesland Entertainment, LLC is suing the superstar musical artist Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as “Burna Boy” over breached Tour. The injunction prevents him from performing at any event venue or any form of recording any where in USA & CANADA for the time being unless settle with the New York based promotion company Vibesland Entertainment, LLC founded by Promoter/Producer Niyi Fatogun.
Damini Ogulu, better known by his stage name Burna Boy, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Burna Boy is an independent artist signed under the Burna Boy Ltd and released his OAS LP under Spaceship Entertainment label that presently holds the copyright to all his music. He was sued in the Federal Court by Vibesland Entertainment, LLC on allegations that he signed a contract for 2016 USA & CANADA TOUR, failed to turn up, postposned the tour which put the promoter Vibesland Entertainment, LLC in serious debt in USA.
Vibesland Entertainment, LLC was said to have invested up to $25,000 US Dollars in preparation and facilitating burna boy
postponed USA & CANADA. The issue started after the promoter Vibesland Entertainment, LLC obtained USA Work Permit approval visa for Burna Boy, then BurnaBoy failed to honor the contractual agreement.
In addition, Burna boy‘s management invited the promoter to London from New York in order to try to facilitate the tour and discuss in person, the promoter traveled to London at the promoter’s expense to meet up with Burna Boy‘s management all to no avail. Burna Boy tour was postponed by his management, regardless of all the efforts made by the promoter. Due to (failure to show up as planned and fulfilling his contractual agreement), and postponed tour, promoter’s reputation was badly damaged to the extent of being publicly embarrassed/humiliated on social media by other fellow promoters.
Our source learnt that the promoter tried all efforts to communicate via email, text, and phone calls Burna Boy‘s Management for 5 months consecutively, Burna Boy‘s Management deliberately ignored the promoter, refused to answer or return his calls and emails. All efforts in trying to get this issue resolved amicably were to no avail.
Burna Boy‘s Managment claims were the Promoter didn’t pay the deposit as stated in the contract between VIBESLAND ENTERTAINMENT, LLC & BURNA BOY LTD. Promoter who’s the official tour agent for the 2016 Burna Boy USA & CANADA Tour travelled to London, England with a cheque of $75,000.00 to meet Burna Boy‘s Managment for deposit of 10 cities. The promoter said when he got to London, United Kingdom, Burna Boy‘s Managment brought up discussion of a third party company (AEG) which wasn’t part of the initial contract signed on June 29th, 2016. VIBESLAND ENTERTAINMENT, LLC believed it was very risky to pay $75,000 dollars deposit to Burna Boy‘s Managment that’s already declared they signed a contract with a third party for the same USA tour. At that point the promoter refused to release the payment (cheque) until everything is straightforward to avoid losing $75,000. As at the time of this press release. Promoter stated, “Why would I give a cheque deposit for 10 cities worth $75,000 to BURNA BOY LTD when I was told that a third party company (AEG) already took five (5) major cities out of 10 cities agreed in the contract.
Witnesses comments that Burna Boy‘s Management failed to properly handle this matter, they disregard the contractual agreement with the promoter Vibesland Entertainment, LLC and showed no respect in responding to all his requests. How could you ignore someone’s phone calls and email for 5 months consecutively one witness said. This is America where entertainment law is very effective, a contract is a biding agreement, you can’t sign a contract and deliberately breach the contract. That sort of anomalies occurs frequently in Africa but not over here in United States….another witness explained.
Initially, the injunction was denied, however right before Burna Boy’s D.C. and Texas show, things took a turn and the injunction was allegedly approved. As of May 22, 2017 Burna Boy was no longer allegedly allowed to perform in the U.S until all matters pertaining to the case were settled. However, Burna Boy’s team released a press release stating that this was false. Scroll to the end to read their press release.
According to Vibesland, Burna Boy and the promoters “WnR”, owe Vibesland $27,000 for alleged travel cost, filing paperwork fees, and slander.
However, Burna Boy’s team adminately refutes these claims. Stating that Vibesland allegedly traveled to London on his own accord, and presented a check for $75,000 that never went through (essentially he allegedly showed them the check and didn’t give it to them).
Below, are screen shots of messages allegedly sent directly to Vibesland refuting his claim, that were anonymously sent to me.
Additionally, a video/voice note was sent to me from Vibesland disclosing a conversation about the Burna Boy tour.
Take a listen, and let me know what you think.
Below is the Burna Boy PR team’s press release, countering the claims of Vibesland allegedly winning his injunction.
Burna Boy fans and the general public are hereby informed that Burna’s current US tour and all upcoming shows are going forward as scheduled and that any website or article containing information to the contrary is patently false and misleading.
Vibesland Entertainment, LLC, Burna’s former promoter, has initiated a misinformation campaign designed to mislead the public about recent court proceedings in the New York federal and state courts. In a recent press release Vibesland has dishonestly represented that it has received an injunction barring Burna from playing his upcoming shows.
There is no such injunction or court order, and it is a matter of public record that all attempts made by Vibesland to prevent Burna from performing his upcoming Outside Tour shows has been unequivocally rejected by the courts.
On May 5, 2017, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York swiftly denied Vibesland’s application for an emergency injunction and dismissed his Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, but not before the Chief United States District Judge, Dora L. Irizarry went out of her way to condemn the tactics of the vexatious promoter for trying to stop Burna on the eve of his performances.
Vibesland, in an apparent second bite at the apple, sought to enjoin the next three concerts on Burna Boy’s U.S. Outside Tour, this time bringing its claims in the New York Supreme Court in Brooklyn where Vibesland failed, yet again, to disrupt Burna’s tour when Vibesland’s second application for a temporary restraining order was summarily denied.
To date, Burna Boy has successfully defended against two frivolous Temporary Restraining Order applications filed by Vibesland Entertainment, LLC. Burna’s shows scheduled for D.C. on May 19th, Dallas on May 20th, and Chicago on May 21st are proceeding as scheduled.
The orders of New York State Supreme Court Justice Donald S. Kurtz, dated May 17, 2017 and that of the Eastern District of New York Chief United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry, dated May 5, 2017 are available on request.
Note: Both sides of the story were submitted to me by individual sources from both sides. I can not confirm the validity of both sides claims. All of the claims above are alleged, and should be treated as such.