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Styx Lawsuit

We Were CHEATED ...

By Evil Record Co. Plot

2/27/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Styx
 -- one of the greatest rock bands ever -- says a record company concocted an elaborate scheme to CHEAT the band out of major royalty payments for YEARS ... all so the company could pocket the dough itself, this according to a new lawsuit.

The band -- who had major hits like "Lady" and "Come Sail Away" -- filed the lawsuit under its corporation Gelderdisk LTD in Los Angeles County Superior Court Friday, against music giant A&M Records.

In the docs, Styx says A&M has purposefully been shorting the band royalty income earned from digital downloads and ringtones -- and did so by concocting a "phony business model" in order to "avoid its royalty obligations."

Specifically Styx claims for every ONE dollar the band's been paid over the years "it should have been paid, or credited anywhere between TWO and FIVE dollars."

Styx is suing for unspecified damages -- to be proven at trial -- but based on the band's success over the last three decades ... it probably has a pretty big number in mind.

Calls to A&M were not returned.

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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

611 days ago
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tdr9    

These things happen. We need more news

611 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

One of the biggest rock bands ever? Not so sure about that but I did like clampin on the cans and listening to come sail away at full blast when i was a kid.. Hope they get their money back they have earned it.. and shame on A&M.. wtf? really?

611 days ago
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Keith    

Styx STINKS!

611 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

Boring legal story. People really use a Styx song as a ringtone??? Hopefully out of irony.

611 days ago
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Truth    

MAN, WHY DO OLD HAS-BEEN BANDS ALWAYS CLAIM THEY WERE RIPPED OFF WAAAY PAST THEIR PRIME?? USUALLY WHEN THEY OLD AND BROKE THEN SOME1 IN DA BAND COMES UP WITH THIS GENIUS IDEA... I SMELL A TREND. #TRUTH!!

611 days ago
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static    

And how long have you guys been in the music business?

611 days ago
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Ed    

I almost feel sorry for them, but not quite. I had been a Styx fan since 1977, but they have now devolved into just a glorified cover band. It's really shameful how Jame Young and Tommy Shaw have co-opted the band from founding member (and true talent) Dennis DeYoung.

Sadly Young and Shaw are just using the Styx name to build up their retirement nest-egg, and this lawsuit is just a they trying to add to their 401k accounts.

611 days ago
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Abusement76    

Mr. Roboto Is my ringtone!

611 days ago
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anony    

Sure they were cheated.
But they were also one of the worst bands in rock history.

611 days ago
11.

YouDontSay    

I saw styx with new singer. Horrible. Not even the same anymore.

611 days ago
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Meanie    

Styx, meet the Bay City Rollers, the Dixie Chicks, and countless others who have been hosed by the f'ker record company pigs.

611 days ago
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Zarley    

Styx wheres the new record..At least VH came out w/some new material.

611 days ago
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Reyna38    

They are soo damn ugly.... Eewww

611 days ago
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LittleBIt    

GO STYX!!!! Love this group and their music!!! Reminds me of some of the best times of my life and the awsome music that was being played then. Hope you guys win your lawsuit. I'm sick and tired of constantly hearing how some of the most famous groups in the world have been totally ripped off by their managers and record companies. Its bullsh*t and these dudes have earned their money playing great concerts all over the world. ROCK ON STYX!!! LUV U GUYS<3

611 days ago
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