Why Asa filed copyright lawsuits against Joeboy

Joeboy publicly revealed the letter of notice sent to him by Asa. In the letter, Asa’s management stated that Joeboy infringed on Asa’s copyright by using a composition made by Asa on his (Joeboy’s) latest single titled Contour.

For this, Asa ordered Joeboy to take down the song from all digital streaming platforms, pay 300 million Naira to her in damages while he also forgo 60% of all the royalties already made on the song and tender a public apology to her.

Joeboy, reacting to the letter upon reception, scorned Asa and dared her to do her worst. According to him, Asa threatened him to do her bidding within 24 hours. However, 48 hours have passed, yet none of Asa’s threats of a lawsuit has been fulfilled.

Two things are involved in the Asa vs Joeboy drama. The first is the fact that Tempoe, that’s the producer that produced Contour (the composition Asa accused Joeboy of using without her permission), sued Asa about two months ago.

Tempoe claimed Asa came to him for a beat in 2020. He made the beat but Asa refused to pay. So Asa went to another producer to make another beat for the same song. After doing that, Asa produced the song and released it with her album, V. However, Tempoe claimed the new beat made by the other producer is similar to the one he (Tempoe) first made for Asa for which Asa refused to pay. So, Asa must take the song down. That song is IDG featuring Wizkid, off her album V. The song was eventually taken down.

Contour was released afterwards. Two Months after, Asa has returned to sue Joeboy for using her composition, a song she performed in the presence of Tempoe, the producer who made Contour. So, it’s an opportunity for Asa to retaliate what Tempoe did to her. It feels more likes a payback, but with Joeboy involved.

That said, there are chances that this drama is a plot between Asa and Joeboy to market the song Contour. The song is obviously a nice song which is deserving of popularity. Joeboy released Contour since August 19, accompanied by a live performance at Glitch and Asa’s letter was just arriving two days ago.

Sam George Mac is a music journalist known for the reviews of several music albums and songs. He is a singer and songwriter of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Highlife and RnB with the stage name SGM — a graduate of Mass Communication from The West African Union University, Cotonou.

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