Blondie Sues Former Label

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New-wave band Blondie have sued their former label, EMI, for breach of contract, according to a statement released by their current home, Beyond Records. The band claims that EMI has refused to pay the group proper royalties for albums recorded from 1977 to 1982, based on a payment plan agreed to in 1996. "The reality of what musical artists actually earn for their work is extremely disheartening," Blondie singer Deborah Harry said in the statement. "An artist's creative work is repeatedly repackaged and marketed, and the artist rarely sees increased income." A spokesperson for EMI did not return calls for comment. EMI released The Best of Blondie in April. On Tuesday (Nov. 23), the band released the new Blondie: Live concert album.