It is unfortunate that everyone can’t do it the Taylor Swift way without a label or company co-signing things for you with their hands buried deep in your pocket.
American Idol winner (season 11), Phillip Phillips is singing his own tune against the popular show and its forceful contracts.
Prior to winning, Phillips signed a series of contracts pertaining to his management, merchandising, recording and publishing.
Phillips has filed a claim against Idol producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliates, saying that the show has “manipulated” him into accepting jobs since he won, including being forced to perform without compensation, being lied to by producers, and being forced to accept unfair endorsement deals.
The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career.”
A spokesperson for 19 Entertainment tells The Hollywood Reporter,
“We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships.”