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Ray Parker Jr. to Ghostbusters

Where's My Money?

I'm Calling ... My Lawyer

9/30/2013 4:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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We know who Ray Parker Jr.'s gonna call when he gets screwed out of massive royalty checks for his "Ghostbusters" song -- Larry H. Parker, or some other legal beagle.

Ray has filed a lawsuit -- which gives us a peek into just how huge his iconic song was.  Ray claims he was entitled to 75% of the gross receipts produced by the song.  To put this in perspective ... he claims the song itself accounted for more than $20 million of box office profits.

But Ray says for more than a decade -- and possibly as many as 3 decades -- he's been chiseled out of massive royalty money by EMI and Sony./ATV Music.

Ray is saying exactly how much he wants ... just more than $100k for sure.

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1.

Little Lord Rivas    

Maybe he forgot that most of those royalties go to Huey Lewis since he ripped off "I Want a New Drug" for the Ghostbusters theme.

353 days ago
2.

Mikey    

"he claims the song itself accounted for more than $20 million of box office profits."


So he thinks people when to the Ghostbusters movie just to hear the song?


He's absolutely mental.

353 days ago
3.

Vitamind_88    

Give the man his money I do think of that song whenever I think of the movie

353 days ago
4.

nyc44th    

Clearly he means the Huey Lewis' song!

353 days ago
5.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Oh I thought Billy Dee Williams sang that song.
Hell it's been long enough that someone else might be able to claim a stake. It's worth a try.

353 days ago
6.

ScottTheDott    

Ask Huey Lewis Ray! You are a plagiarist! Huey sued Ray & won!

353 days ago
7.

Yurra Knutz    

Where Ray Parker Jr other hits at?

353 days ago
8.

Tesla_Consulting    

He sued hewie lewis and the news, also.

353 days ago
9.

Philmapinis    

This is so crazy...I saw Ray Parker Jr's dong in a public bathroom yesterday!!!!

353 days ago
10.

jensambo    

If he gets the money it needs to go to Huey Lewis.

353 days ago
11.

STFUP    

I'm sure Huey Lewis is following the case with great interest, since he'll get a good chunk of any money Ray might get - since, of course, 'Ghostbusters' was ruled back in the 80's to be a musical 'copy' of 'I Want A New Drug'.

353 days ago
12.

Time Traveler    

Neither Ray Parker Jr nor Huey Lewis wrote that back melody / bass line. There are two other songs that were written prior to either of them that have the same or nearly identical back melody. As far as I know, that dispute was settled. That may have been a publicity stunt gone bad.

Sony is probably having financial troubles or maybe just forgot. It is the rights to the music publishing, not the sound recording. There was a remaster CD issued recently, a small pressing in the early 1990's, and the original in 1984 on Arista. The biggest mistake in music history is the conglomeration of Arista with Sony. Arista originally issued Ray Parker Jr. Arista sold to Ariola, and then BMG. BMG was eventually acquired by Sony Universal.

Ray Parker Jr is owed royalties for his song. I would suggest that they allow him to, on his own, issue the rest of his catalog. Ray Parker Jr has many more hit songs than Ghostbusters, though he is most remembered for the song.

It seems like there is alot of slander in the TV industry, like Sony is trying to damage its old catalog artists using its TV market. They create scandal so that the artist are damaged, even murdered, so as to avoid paying royalties on their back catalog that is selling out 100 times more than their new stuff.

Give up the stupid Huey Lewis Thing. That was started by Shadow Stevens. This happens often in music. Try writing a song that does not contain notes or patterns of somebody else's song, or sound similar to it. Back in the 70's and 80's, musicians did this all the time and it was not considered plagiarism. They did this so that one song, once it got old, created a future familiarity for another song. The record industry did this all the time back then, and the "buddy system' we all used to have in the record industry would not have sued. It used to be sort of a hand shake.

They started with Carmen Electra on Warner. Arista created Britney Spears. They sound the same. Ok, I like Carmen Electra a little more.

352 days ago
13.

Time Traveler    

Neither Ray Parker Jr nor Huey Lewis wrote that back melody / bass line. There are two other songs that were written prior to either of them that have the same or nearly identical back melody. As far as I know, that dispute was settled. That may have been a publicity stunt gone bad.

Sony is probably having financial troubles or maybe just forgot. It is the rights to the music publishing, not the sound recording. There was a remaster CD issued recently, a small pressing in the early 1990's, and the original in 1984 on Arista. The biggest mistake in music history is the conglomeration of Arista with Sony. Arista originally issued Ray Parker Jr. Arista sold to Ariola, and then BMG. BMG was eventually acquired by Sony Universal.

Ray Parker Jr is owed royalties for his song. I would suggest that they allow him to, on his own, issue the rest of his catalog. Ray Parker Jr has many more hit songs than Ghostbusters, though he is most remembered for the song.

It seems like there is alot of slander in the TV industry, like Sony is trying to damage its old catalog artists using its TV market. They create scandal so that the artist are damaged, even murdered, so as to avoid paying royalties on their back catalog that is selling out 100 times more than their new stuff.

Give up the stupid Huey Lewis Thing. That was started by Shadow Stevens. This happens often in music. Try writing a song that does not contain notes or patterns of somebody else's song, or sound similar to it. Back in the 70's and 80's, musicians did this all the time and it was not considered plagiarism. They did this so that one song, once it got old, created a future familiarity for another song. The record industry did this all the time back then, and the "buddy system' we all used to have in the record industry would not have sued. It used to be sort of a hand shake.

They started with Carmen Electra on Warner. Arista created Britney Spears. They sound the same. Ok, I like Carmen Electra a little more.

352 days ago
14.

Pimpcessa    

Meh, I liked his other song better..."I'm in love, with the other woman".

352 days ago
15.

me    

Dang, you guys beat me to it. Huey Lewis says hi, Ray.

352 days ago

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