GV Prakash the young music director whose Thalaivaa songs are ruling the charts is fretting and fuming at big music labels. It comes at a time when his Thalivaa number “Vaanganna Vanakkanganna...” sung by Vijay and marketed by Sony Music is turning out to be an anthem of sorts.
GV created a furore when he tweeted: “Some audio companies are stealing the royalties from the composers, lyricists and making them sign fake agreements! Not fair. Royalty is the basic right of a creator and it stays with him or her! Trying to steal that from them is cheap! Not done!”
The young music director’s ire was against the monopolistic attitude of the biggest label in Tamil audio market. The issue is regarding advance royalty at the time of sale of audio. The music companies force producers of the film to get agreement letters from music director, lyricist and singers that they have paid royalty in advance.
GV Prakash said: “The agreement at times will say that the money being paid to us is advance royalty. It may lead us to legal battles in future. At the end of the day we are forced to sign the agreement taking into account the plight of the poor producer, who is waiting to close the audio deal with the label.”
Music director Vijay Antony and lyricist Madhan Karky came to the support of GV Prakash. Madhan Karky tweeted: “Thank you GV for bringing this issue to light. Lyricists Thamarai, Na. Muthukumar, Kabilan, I and a few others are working on this. I hope composers and lyricists come together to find a solution to this on-going issue in order to protect our rights.”
GV feels the way out is – “Some action should be taken by the music union ! And the elder music directors should join together and protest against malpractices.”