Radio One Bans All Matthew Knowles Music Acts
It’s a rough week for Matthew Knowles. First his divorce to Tina was finalized, now Radio One has banned all music acts who are associated with him.
The ban is part of TV One’s suit against BET, MTV, and Music World Music for violating its exclusive rights to the Essence Music Festival. Mathew Knowles’ Music World Music company brokered the deal for the Essence Music Festival broadcast with TV One and his company is being accused of re-issuing the content to BET, MTV and BET’s Centric Network despite TV One’s four-year exclusivity agreement.
Now, according to EURweb, TV One’s sister company, Radio One, has pulled all of Knowles’ Music World songs and artists from their radio stations nationwide.
“All Radio One personnel were told to pull all Music World artists out of rotation immediately and indefinitely! We were told that the mandate came straight from Ms. Hughes and that there would be ramifications for anyone playing or mentioning a Music World artist or song on air,” an anonymous Radio One employee told them.
Radio One owns at least 12 gospel stations across the country and Music World Gospel has a strong roster of artists, including Juanita Bynum, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Micah Stampley and BET’s “Sunday Best” winners Le’Andria Johnson and Amber Bullock.
Radio One has also pulled music by Destiny’s Child and other previous songs released in conjunction with Music World but the ban has not directly impacted newer solo releases by Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, or Michelle Williams who terminated their management agreements prior to the suit.
Looks like Beyonce and Kelly got out of there just in time.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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