Sony BMG Offers Apology For C&D
June 7, 2007 at 11:17 AM (PT)
The Country world was buzzing yesterday (6/6) as SONY BMG issued an email from its Legal & Business Affairs office to radio, demanding that stations stop playing the TRACY LAWRENCE song "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," featuring BNA RECORDS' star KENNY CHESNEY. CURB's TIM McGRAW is also featured on the track, which is an album cut -- the single that was released to radio is sung solely by LAWRENCE.
Today SONY BMG has sent an apology letter to radio. It reads as follows and comes from Sr. VP/Legal & Business Affairs KATHERINE E. WOODS.
June 7, 2007
Dear Radio Broadcaster:
We apologize for the strong language in yesterday's letter. The use of words such as "cease" and "demand" was inappropriate. We should not have involved radio in trying to resolve our issues with a third party who violated an agreement with us.
We value our relationship with radio. This was a distraction and waste of your valuable time. Again, we apologize.
Very truly yours,
Katherine E. Woods