Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, sue Triller for missing Verzuz payments

KINGSTON, Jamaica – American record producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, on Tuesday, sued social media platform, Triller, alleging that the platform owes them more than $28 million in unsettled payments since acquiring their live-streaming music series, Verzuz.

According to a report from the Washington Post, the lawsuit alleges that Triller began missing payments in January 2022, skipping out on a large settlement promised in March. The company had reportedly agreed to a settlement to pay Swizz Beatz and Timbaland $18 million by March 20, with $1 million a month for the 10 months following. According to the lawsuit, Triller has missed every one of these payments.

Verzuz started out as an Instagram Live series in March 2020, as the pandemic took hold in America driving people online. Swizz Beatz and Timbaland challenged famous artists — including Brandy vs Monica, Jeezy vs Gucci Mane, and Ashanti vs Keyshia Cole — to live musical battles on Instagram.

The Washington Post says the series quickly became a cultural phenomenon, garnering six million views on a single episode, breaking Instagram’s live-streaming record, and winning a Break the internet Webby Award in 2020.

In August of that year, Verzuz inked a partnership with Apple and Twitter, to expand its broadcasts outside of Instagram, allowing viewers to watch the battles on Apple Music.

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