Contact Us

Legendary Producer Roy Thomas Baker Sues Label for One Million Dollars in Allegedly Unpaid Journey Royalties

Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker is suing Sony Music for unpaid royalties, saying the entertainment company owes him over one million dollars for underpayment on twenty one Journey recordings.

In the lawsuit, Baker and his company, RTB Audio Visual Productions, are also looking for an order forcing Sony to pay him half of their net receipts from leasing the 21 master recordings in question.

According to Brave Words Bloody Knuckles, Baker was supposed to have been paid by Sony under a producer agreement, but in his 18-page lawsuit, Baker claims an audit of Sony’s books revealed that they had been under-reporting his royalties for the period audited by more than $475,000.

The songs come from the band’s 1978 and 1979 albums ‘Infinity’ and ‘Evolution,’ and includes mega-hits such as ‘Lights’ and ‘Wheel In The Sky.’ Also wrapped up in the mix are royalty rates for digital downloads, with Baker claiming he was stiffed on royalties for music and ringtones sold through I-Tunes, eMusic, Amazon and others.

Along with Journey, Roy Thomas Baker has produced a who’s who of classic rockers including the Cars, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, the Darkness and most famously, Queen.

Next: Steve Perry's Famous Mullet

Best of WFGR

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wfgr.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for WFGR VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WFGR VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.