Amy Lee, the Grammy-award-winning lead singer of Evanescence, has had a major legal victory. The 35-year-old was awarded more than a million dollars in her arbitration case against a former management firm. However, the entire $1 million will not be Amy Lee’s to spend due to outstanding legal expenses.
Amy Lee was originally sued for $1.5 million for outstanding management fees and commissions by her former firm, 101 Management Inc. However, they ended up lowering the costs to about $335,000.
In May of 2016, an arbitrator in the case decided that the management company was only due $4,863.66 from Amy Lee. The singer returned to court to request that 101 Management Inc. reimburse her for the legal expenses that she acquired while battling the case.
The court then ruled in favor of Amy and granted the singer $1,036,773.68 for her legal fees which subsequently racked up to $957,000, according to the Daily Mail.
Amy Lee will now have to pay $885,000 to lawyers, in addition to another $72,000 in administrative fees, and the expenses associated with an expert witness. This will leave the “My Immortal” vocalist with about $80,000 for her inconveniences.
In 2003, Evanescence achieved their most notable mainstream success with their album Fallen. It was this album that Evanescence rolled out the hit singles “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal,” which sold more than 17 million albums worldwide.
In 2004, the album ushered in two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance.
Amy Lee and the band members are now prepping for the release of Synthesis. This will be Evanescence’s fourth studio album. Synthesis will feature remade versions of the band’s most popular tracks with a symphony and electronic effects. Two new singles will also be released.
On the new album, the updated version of the band’s 2003 “Bring Me To Life” will be missing the rap from guest vocalist Paul McCoy. According to an Australian news outlet, Amy Lee said that “the rap wasn’t part of our original idea or sound.”
The singer said she was grateful for the rap because “it’s part of what got us on the radio, I guess. At least according to all the rules of radio that I don’t agree with or understand… so to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great.”
As an artist, Amy Lee said she considers it a privilege to perfect a song about 15 years after the initial recording.
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