Rihanna: You’ve been scammed $425,000
Top American acts, Rihanna and Jay Z, who runs her music label, Roc Nation, have been sued for allegedly collecting money for a concert she never did.
According to popular US-based online journal, TMZ, Chris Ubosi, boss of Megalectrics, operators of Classic FM and Beat FM allegedly booked the 28-year-old singer to perform a show in Lagos back in May 2013.
Ubosi said he made a deal with two individuals who represented Rihanna, Roc Nation and Jay Z with the promise that she would be paid $425,000 for a 65-minute performance at Eko Hotels in Lagos. But after paying $160,000 in three installments, Rihanna’s management asked to push back the concert to July. Ubosi agreed on the condition that Rihanna alert her fans of the date switch on social media.
In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Ubosi claims that Rihanna never mentioned the change on social media and so he and Megalectrics “demanded the full and prompt return of their money”.
In the suit, Rihanna’s label, Roc Nation and founder, Jay Z, 46, husband to Beyonce, have been named as defendants. The Barbadian beauty and her camp, on the other hand, said Ubosi was a victim of a scam and that they had nothing to do with the deal.
“Rihanna, Roc Nation nor anyone associated personally or professionally with either party was in contact with this person,” a spokesperson for Roc Nation told TMZ.
“Unfortunately, this person was scammed. Rihanna nor Roc Nation collected any money for this event.”
Rihanna is currently in the midst of her Anti-World Tour to support her eighth studio album released on January 28 exclusively through Tidal. In total, she will perform 74 shows across North America and Europe.