Kanye West Countersued by EMI to Enforce 2003 No-Retirement Contract

March 8, 2019

EMI has countersued Kanye West to enforce his 2003 publishing contract, which forbids him from retiring from music. Reuters reports that the conglomerate filed a complaint Thursday in Manhattan federal court after the rapper's lawsuit against the company, which was filed in California in an attempt to void their agreement, was made public last week. In its filing, EMI accuses West of a “flagrant attempt to forum shop” by filing his lawsuit in California, where state law declares personal services contracts unenforceable after seven years. EMI stipulated in the contract, “At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date.”