Record Label Sues a Couple of Stone Temple Pilots

Classic major label strategy: hold onto your artists until the very bitter end. And, even then, don’t let go: wring the musical blood from the stone carcass of their formerly great career. Brilliant strategy.

Warner Music Group Corp’s Atlantic Records label on Thursday sued two members of the alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots for trying to end their recording contract early.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan claims lead singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz have threatened to stop performing under their contract and have indicated they would like to end the agreement unless Atlantic makes significant changes.

The record company said in the suit that while Stone Temple Pilots have already delivered six albums, it wants the group to record a seventh album and deliver up to two more albums if the record label decides they want them.

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