Tame Impala at centre of lawsuit over unpaid royalties

June 3, 2015

Modular Recordings and Universal Music Australia are among a number of record labels being sued over hundreds of thousands of unpaid royalties owed to Tame Impala.


Steve Pavlovic, founder of Modular Recordings, is named in reports regarding rights management organisation BMG’s lawsuit. It is claimed that the Australian band are owed over $450,000 in royalties.

Pavlovic is being sued for allegedly witholding the royalty payments as well as “ignoring legal advice to cease and desist selling operations with regard to Tame Impala’s recordings in the lead-up to finally being served with papers filed with the New York Southern District Court early last month.”

Universal Music Australia have issued a statement claiming that they should never have been named in the lawsuit and that “a totally separate US registered company — owned and operated by Mr. Pavlovic — is responsible for contracting with BMG and for any mechanicals liability.”

Universal Music Australia also state that Pavlovic is no longer employed by Modular, home to artists including Cut Copy, Wolfmother and Pond in the past. The lawsuit is expected to go to court in New York later this year.

Tame Impala release their third album ‘Currents’ on July 17 following up their 2012 album ‘Lonerism’ and 2010 debut ‘Innerspeaker’.