Donald Glover and Glassnote Records Settle Dispute Over Unpaid Childish Gambino Royalties

Glover and his former label resolve their legal bout.

Donald Glover and his former label, Glassnote Records, have ended their legal dispute over allegedly unpaid royalties.

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Last July, the NYC-based label, headed and founded by Daniel Glass, filed suit against the artist — who released music under the label as Childish Gambino between 2011 and 2017 — for claiming 100% of streaming royalties from SoundExchange. The label argued that they were owed 50% and that the remaining royalties were to be distributed between Glover and any featured artists. According to VarietyGlover countered with his own suit in September, stating that Glassnote had “underpaid various royalties” and “charged inappropriate expenses.”

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Now, following a court filing on Friday in the Southern District of New York, both parties have dropped their charges, agreeing to walk away amicably and pay their respective attorney’s fees.

Glover’s last album, “Awaken, My Love!,” fulfilled his contract with Glassnote and his next project, presumably his final under the Childish Gambino moniker, will be released with RCA Records.


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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