(NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 28: Singer Prince Royce performs at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images))

Prince Royce files high-stakes counter lawsuit against his music label

Bachata superstar Prince Royce has just responded to a lawsuit filed against him by his label Top Stop Music (TSM) with a counter lawsuit, making the Dominican singer’s quick rise to fame the subject of intense media scrutiny.

According to Billboard.com, the Dominican crooner filed a court complaint on Oct. 18 in Miami-Dade, Florida which denies any breach of contract with his former record label. Furthermore, states the complaint, Royce alleges that Top Stop Music “alleges that TSM does not have the rights to his recording services, that he is not a TSM exclusive artist and that TSM does not have rights for future Royce recordings or any options to acquire Royce’s rights in English language albums.”

In the suit, Royce – born Geoffrey Royce Rojas – also challenges the amount of money paid to him by the record company, both in recording sales and publishing royalties.

“Top Stop’s case is nothing more than a desperate attempt to claim rights from Royce that it does not have,” said attorney Kenneth Freundlich in a press release. “Royce’s counterclaims seek a swift, just and public resolution of this matter to prevent Top Stop from causing any further damage to his career.”

Royce has also filed a third-party claim against TSM President, Sergio Georgeto for “engaging in a public campaign of words seeking to undermine Royce’s reputation in the Latin American community.”

The legal drama follows Top Stop’s declaration that the record label is responsible for turning the 23-year-old from an unknown artist in 2009 into a Latin Billboard chart topper. The record label’s suit says that the company invested “an excess of $2 milllion in Prince Royce’s career.”

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Royce’s self-titled debut album was the best-selling Latin album in 2011. Named one of People En Español’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2011, the Bronx, New York native is currently on a national 25-date tour to promote his second studio album, “Phrase II.”

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