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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans, La.
Macy Gray is reportedly taking talent agency ICM Partners to court for booking a tour that allegedly lost money and refusing to provide a promised commission discount.
According to The Blast, Gray was promised her 2017 European tour would gross more than $500,000, and her agent vowed to cut his commission in half if the gross came in under that amount.
Gray reportedly claims the tour did come in under the expected gross and she was owed $22,000 from the promised fee cut. The Blast further details Gray’s claims that the agency would agree to pay her only if she signed an exclusive deal with the agency.
She is reportedly suing for fraud and damages, claiming she subsequently experienced extreme anxiety, panic attacks, humiliation, embarrassment, sleeplessness and other ailments.
Macy Gray reported multiple stops in North America in 2018, including two-night stands at City Winery Chicago and City Winery Atlanta, which grossed $34,205 and $36,520 respectively.
The suit comes on the heels of ICM Partners’ public spat with Celine Dion, whom it claims refused to pay commission on a $500 million touring deal.
An internal memo explaining why the agency was cutting ties with Dion read: “Ms. Dion is refusing to pay the balance of commissions she owes the agency on this historic [$500 million] deal. Please know that we have made every effort to amicably resolve this matter. While we continue to admire and respect her extraordinary talent as an artist, regrettably we are left with no choice but to initiate a legal proceeding to secure the compensation we are owed, and as such we will no longer be representing her.”
Dion responded to those claims with a statement: “I’m sad and disappointed by this false report that I’m refusing to pay ICM or Rob Prinz. I know that my team has made several very fair and generous offers to them and we really put a lot of effort in trying to work things out.”
ICM Partners was unable to comment on this story at press time.