When Salt-N-Pepa announced they were going on the road with New Kids On The Block for their The Mixtape Tour earlier this year, Spinderella was quick to point out she wasn’t included. In fact, she revealed Salt and Pepa sent her packing with a “termination” email.
Now, the group’s longtime DJ is reportedly suing the other two members for unpaid royalties.
According to TMZ, the bad blood started to boil in 1999 with The Best Of Salt-N-Pepa album. The suit says she was to receive a third of the royalties for the record and was promised she’d be getting $125,000 by phone. But she says she was never paid.
The suit also claims Spinderella was excluded from a VH1 show based on Salt-N-Pepa’s rise to stardom. Despite the occasional guest spot, she says she received way less than one-third. Spin also says she wasn’t paid for their 2018 Billboard Music Awards appearance.
Spin is reportedly most upset about what she learned from SoundExchange, a company that collects and distributes royalties to artists. She was told Salt and Pepa have been paid over $600,000 in royalties in the last 10 years and Spin insists she didn’t receive a dime.
Spinderella is suing for trademark infringement, fraud and breach of contract.
When she explained her absence from the NKOTB tour in May, Spin pointed out her name was still included in promotional items.
“Despite my participation in promoting the tour and being highly publicized as one of the acts, in January 2019 I received a ‘termination’ email from #SaltnPepa excluding me from performances with the group,” she wrote on Instagram. “It was my expectation, after making that decision, that they would also take responsibility for sharing the news with the public and other affected parties. It has been months now with no mention.”
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“I'm deeply saddened to share with all the #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella fans that I will not be performing on the #NKOTB Mixtape Tour. Despite my participation in promoting the tour and being highly publicized as one of the acts, in January 2019 I received a ‘termination’ email from #SaltnPepa excluding me from performances with the group. It was my expectation, after making that decision, that they would also take responsibility for sharing the news with the public and other affected parties. It has been months now with no mention. Out of love for my fans and a commitment to upholding a standard of professionalism, I've taken it upon myself to let everyone know. I refuse to participate in misleading fans, ticketholders, and others who — based on all the advertising — were anticipating seeing the iconic #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella trio. So, I'm making it clear now. Please know you will have the opportunity to see me this summer in many other projects and activities I'll be participating in and I look forward to seeing you all then.” Thank you, Spinderella 😘