(CN) – Carly Simon claims Starbucks lured her into signing a deal for her new album, then withdrew from the record company 5 days before the album was released, cutting her off from its promised 7,000 outlets.
Simon says she gave a concert at Starbuck’s flagship store in Manhattan to promote the release, but no CDs were available, and she didn’t learn until the next day that Starbuck’s had pulled the plug.
Simon demands punitive damages from sole defendant Starbucks in Los Angeles Superior Court.
According to the complaint, Starbucks joined with Concord Music to create the label Hear Music in March 2007. It signed its first big star that month, Paul McCartney, and it April it began pursuing her for a deal, she says.
Among the attractions were Starbucks’ 13,500 stores, which would sell the album, Simon says. She says she signed a deal in August 2007, in which Starbuck’s promised to make her album available at at least 7,000 of its stores.
She says she finished her album, “A New Kind of Love,” which was scheduled for release on April 29, 2008. But unbeknownst to her, Starbucks withdrew from Hear Music on April 24. Simon says she gave a promotional concert at Starbuck’s flagship store in New York on April 30, but her album was not available for sale. She says she didn’t find out until the next day that Starbuck had withdrawn from Hear Music.
She demands punitive damages for deceit, tortious interference and unfair business practices. She is represented by David Shapiro with Boies, Schiller & Flexner of Oakland.