SINGAPORE : Singaporean singer-songwriter Huang Yi Da is reportedly in financial woes after being owed one million Taiwan dollars in royalties by his management company, Eastern World Music, local media reported.
According to Taiwan’s Next Magazine, there have been contract disputes between Huang and the company, and his singing career has been stalled as a result of the money owed to him.
However, Eastern World Music has downplayed the allegations, saying the matter arose because of a misunderstanding, and things are not that serious.
While a company spokesperson, known only as Alan, has admitted to owing Huang a sum of money, he said both parties are still negotiating the exact amount.
Alan revealed that the company is under going a major reorganisation with the departure of the Taiwan manager, and that they are in the process of calculating the details. He added more time is required to work out the sum as song royalties and compositions are involved.
Dubbed the 'male version of Stephanie Sun' by the Taiwanese media because of his thin frame and the resemblance to the Singaporean songbird, Huang's current contract stipulates that he has two more albums to release.
According to Alan, prior to Huang's singing debut five years ago, the 30-year-old had sought Eastern World Music for help with his career. Apparently Huang had no means of attending music classes and was allowed to attend for free.
After graduating from the Lee Wei Song School of Music, Huang signed a contract with Eastern World Music that would last ten years. Presently, the company is only responsible for Huang’s work in Malaysia while his involvement locally and overseas is handled by Sony Music.
After his fourth and latest album, "Dedicated to Myself", was released at the end of last year, things have gone quiet and the singer is reported to be presently in China.
Oh whaaaat? That makes me pretty upset, ngl. :(