Subscribe now

Unknown Gringo believes that VROOM VROOM single...
Dancehall artiste Unknown Gringo is getting a huge buzz with his latest single, 'Vroom Vroom' , which was released on the Chase Mills Records label recently. More detail
The Dubplates continues to do well on the...
The Dubplates continues its strong run on the Blllboard Reggae charts, coming in at number eight with their critically acclaimed set,  Box Full of Steel by The Dubplates, selling 92 copies, down from 280 sold the week before. To date, it has clocked 2,956 in sales.   More detail
Wayne Marshall's father suffers heart attack
Dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall, who has embraced a more spiritual side in his music, is praying that his father makes a full recovery after he suffered a  heart attack today.  More detail
Detectives from the Constant Spring police station swooped down on Mavado's residence in Norbrook this afternoon and detained his son, brother, cousin and nephew in a major operation. However, Mavado slipped the police dragnet as he left the island last night.  More detail
Chozenn criticizes "self-appointed Jesus...
Chozenn found himself in the eye of a firestorm of criticism last week that was so intense that it prompted the nation's number one gospel station, LOVE FM, to ban the remake to appease outraged Christians. However, Chozenn remains stoic in the face of the backlash, and vowed to stick to his path.... More detail

KARTEL NEWS: Does Kartel deserve more than 20 per cent of booking fees? Featured

Archive Written by  AKA Sunday, 26 August 2012 10:21 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Ever since the Portmore Empire began to unravel with stories of greed and inequitable deductions, the question has arisen time and time again: Does Kartel deserve more than just 20 per cent of the performance fees commanded by the cadre of Portmore Empire artistes that he manages?  

Some schools of thought believe that Kartel could be entitled to as much as 50 per cent given that he spent millions of dollars developing and marketing the artistes in question. The costs include posters, videos, studio fees, voice training and legal expenses when they run afoul of the law. Some of the former artistes under his thumb have said that he took as much as 50 per cent, rather than the industry standard of 20 per cent.

"What Kartel would do was take the 50 per cent deposit and then send the artiste on the road and they would collect that 50, and out of that the roadie would get paid as well," one insider said. 

Still, it bothers some that Kartel has also locked up the publishing rights of several former Portmore Empire artistes for several years with hidden clauses in his contracts. 

"He has registered several songs, including hits that they have sung, as being written and composed by him. Many of the artistes won't find out to the extent to which he owns them until years afterwards," one expert said. 

"Kartel doesn't play. Once he does a song for you as a producer, he does the split sheets and puts out the song on his iTunes account quick and fast, long before you the producer wants to put it out."

Read 1880 times Last modified on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:02

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

Download our Free App

This Day in Dancehall History

February 23 2014 0


A 20 year old youth, Oshane Rankine, who was arrested alongside Tommy Lee two weeks ago, is booked to appear in the Montego Bay Resident…

Latest Comments