Soul veterans THE O'JAYS have gone to court to recover royalties from their record company and continue their fight to block an album of unreleased songs the group considers "rejects".

Eddie Levert and WALTER WILLIAMS, the founding members of the group, say PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS could wreck their reputation if it releases a new CD containing their old songs.

Williams tells American TV show CELEBRITY JUSTICE, "I tried to forget all of those songs."

Levert adds, "We're going to try to stay in court until it's resolved."

The new CD was supposed to come out in early April (04), but the MONEY singers went to court to stop it. The O'Jays claim the disputed songs were recorded 20 years ago and are "stale" and "artistically inferior".

Nonetheless, in the latest ruling, the judge said the record company, not the O'Jays, owns the disputed songs, and the record company has every right to sell them.

The bandmembers say, "I don't think it was a correct decision. But it's not over."

The O'Jays also claim they've never been paid any royalties by the record company for any of their many hits.

They add, "We're still in court and they've got a gag order on us."

16/08/2004 08:48