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Lady Gaga

Teddy Riley Sues ...

It's Like Pulling 'Teeth'

11/1/2013 5:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1101-teddy-riley-lady-gaga-tmzLady Gaga is being sued by famed R&B singer Teddy Riley, who claims she boldly aced him out of his contribution for the song, "Teeth."

According to the lawsuit, Riley produced the hit song back in 2009.  He claims he was promised 25% of the writing fees but got zilch. 

The song was featured on the album, "The Fame Monster" the same year -- it's Gaga's breakout work that turned her into a global star ... and Riley --who became famous in the 90s R&B group Blackstreet (remember No Diggity) -- feels betrayed.

He's suing for $500,000 and punitives ... which are designed to teach monsters a lesson.

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1.

Carl    

It seems like musicians don't understand the concept of written contracts. If they did I don't see how something like this could happen.

265 days ago
2.

static    

Damn Rip Van Winkle welcome to late 2013.

265 days ago
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Dirk Diggler    

Wow, you've really undersold Teddy Riley here. He became famous for the 90s R&B group Blackstreet? Teddy Riley was famous in the 80s for guy, but he's also a super produced who ushered in the late 80s early 90s "New Jack Swing" era. Not to mention he produced Michael Jackson's Dangerous album, one of the finest works from the King of Pop.

265 days ago
4.

who-me    

More cheese please, nom, nom, nom.-Rat Face Germsalotta

265 days ago
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Kelly    

OMG Whoever "wrote" this item doesn't know who Teddy Riley is/was.

265 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Lady Gaga is an attention wh0re who's mad Miley Skankus upstaged her in retardation

265 days ago
7.

Phil    

Blame her management. I doubt she knew anything about it up until now because her head is too far up her own ring-piece!!

265 days ago
8.

namers    

Ha, I went as her in her meat dress last night. I didn't win any contests. lol.

265 days ago
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Kelly    

She's a phoney. When the songs stink there's not enough getup and disguises in the world that'll make them not stink. She's over.

265 days ago
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Mikey    

Didn't she rip off her dead friend too?

265 days ago
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Truth    

THE PROBLEM LIES IN THE ARTIST BUSINESS MGT AND ACCOUNTING. OBVI NO 1 IS DOIN PROPER BEAN COUNTING. MORE OBVI IS THE ARTIST IS EXPECTED TO PAY SONGWRITERS AS PART OF THEIR EXPENSE FROM CD SALES. WHY ISNT THE MONEY PROPERLY SPLIT WHEN THE GROSS INCOME COMES TO THE LABEL B4 THE ARTIST GETS THEIR SHARE?? IT WOULD SOLVE SH*T LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING. AT LEAST SONGWRITERS CAN THEN SUE THE LABEL INSTEAD OF THE ARTIST. BASIC TRANSFER OF RISK, HAHA. #TRUTH!!

265 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Stiffing your personal assistant and now your songwriter? Bad taste Gaga.

265 days ago
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Ozzie X    

Not sure why Lady Gaga, gets so much backlash. She is extravagant. She worked her way up is an amazing classically trained pianist. I find her the most contemporary artists that is relevant . She worked harder than most.. I sat in the back tables at Matchless in NYC, she never faltered.

265 days ago
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ccpup    

Isn't this an issue for the label and not the artist? I doubt she's actually signing the checks for deals like that. Seems like the label dropped the ball on this one, but Gaga will take the public heat.

265 days ago
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Doodlebug    

I hear Katy Perry's cd is better then gaga's. Could lady gaga be fading away ?yep I think so

265 days ago
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