Pitbull Sued by Former Manager Over ‘The Boatlift,’ ‘Planet Pit’ Royalties

Lawsuit claims that rapper stopped paying revenues after management agreement ended

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Rapper Pitbull owes his former manager royalties for albums including 2007’s “The Boatlift,” 2011’s “Planet Pit” and 2014’s “Globalization.” At least that’s the claim made in a new lawsuit filed by the manager.

Charles Chavez’s Latium Entertainment filed suit against Pitbull — real name: Armando Perez — claiming that he signed on as his manager in 2007, with an agreement that Latium would receive 10 percent of Pitbull’s revenues on activities Chavez was involved in, regardless of when the revenues were received.

After Chavez signed on to manage Pitbull, the suit claims, the rapper’s career exploded, with more than 70 million singles sold.

“Pitbull released three albums before engaging Chavez as his manager,” the lawsuit reads. “While enjoying some modest success prior to meeting Chavez, there is no question Pitbull’s career took off after Chavez started managing him.”

After Pitbull and Chavez parted ways in March 2015, however, Pitbull stopped paying Chavez’s cut of the recording and publishing royalties from the albums that Chavez worked on.

A spokesperson for Pitbull has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Alleging breach of oral agreement and other counts, the lawsuit wants an accounting on the money generated by the projects in question, and for Chavez to be paid what he believes he’s owed.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.