Singer Carly Simon is suing Starbucks Corporation, saying the coffee company’s now-defunct music venture didn’t adequately promote her 2008 album, dooming the record before it was even released.
Carly Simon, whose biggest success came during the 1970s and 1980s with hits like You’re So Vain and Anticipation, is seeking unspecified damages related to the release of the 14-track This Kind of Love in April 2008.
In a lawsuit filed on Friday with California’s Los Angeles County Superior Court, Simon and her attorneys said the album wasn’t available in “a substantial number” of Starbucks stores during the key early months following its release.
Later, when the disc was stocked in Starbucks locations, the Seattle-based company slashed the price.
“By doing so, Starbucks stigmatised Ms Simon’s album as an album that could not be sold at full price,” according to the claim.
In a statement issued on Monday, Starbucks said it met all its contractual obligations and even extended the amount of time it promoted the album in New York and Boston. “Unfortunately, sales continued to lag as the title received tepid response from music consumers,” Starbucks said. “Other retailers faced the same fate with this CD.”
Simon blamed the performance of the title – which has sold only 124,000 copies, according to The New York Times, which first wrote about the litigation – on a decision by Starbucks days before the album’s release to end its involvement in Hear Music, a joint venture with Concord Music.
Simon’s next record, Never Been Gone is scheduled to be released later this month by Iris Records.