Chance the Rapper is being sued by his former manager Pat Corcoran over $3 million worth of allegedly unpaid commissions.
This year, the Chicago native let go of his longtime manager. Now the two are headed to court following a lawsuit in which Corcoran claims Chance never paid him commissions worth $3 million, Complex Media reports. In court documents obtained by the outlet, Corcoran claims Chance ignored his professional advice and blamed him for the seemingly less-than-satisfactory response to the rapper’s 2019 album “The Big Day.”
He says Chance blamed him for low ticket sales and refused to pay him commissions that he was owed after he fired him in April of this year, Complex Media reports. “Upon information and belief, the commissions owed by CTR, Cool Pop Merch and CTR Touring to PTM in connection with the above are in excess of $3 million,” the lawsuit states.
Corcoran also states in the lawsuit that he helped the rapper gain success despite Chance’s choice to stay away from record labels. He adds that Chance never gave him a heads up about The Big Day’s July release. “Given the significant amount of work, care and attention needed to produce an album, Corcoran expressed serious concern with the projected release date [Chance] had unilaterally announced for the album,” the filing reads.
Last year, Chance ended up canceling his tour after postponing it allegedly due to low ticket sales, which says was because Chance refused to listen to his advice. He called the rapper “unproductive and undisciplined” for getting married while still working on his music, adding that “The Big Day” ended up being a “freestyle-driven product of sub-par quality.”
“Instead of acknowledging the numerous distractions and artistic compromises that inevitably resulted from time wasted in the studio, all of which contributed to a lackluster album evidenced by historically low ticket sales, Bennett ultimately blamed Corcoran for the judgment rendered by his fanbase rather than accept that his own lack of dedication had doomed the project,” reads the lawsuit. “Despite months of outreach and efforts at reconciliation, Bennett has refused to pay Corcoran the amounts Corcoran is fairly owed under the parties’ long-standing agreement and well-settled course of conduct.”
In response, Chance’s team said that Corcoran’s lawsuit “consists of self-serving and fabricated allegations that are wholly unrelated to Mr. Corcoran’s claim for commissions.”
“Mr. Corcoran has filed a suit for allegedly unpaid commissions. In fact, Mr. Corcoran has been paid all of the commissions to which he is legally entitled. Most of the complaint consists of self-serving and fabricated allegations that are wholly unrelated to Mr. Corcoran’s claim for commissions and were plainly included in a calculated attempt to seek attention. Those allegations are wholly without merit, are grossly offensive and we will respond to them within the context of the litigation.”