Singer Carly Simon is suing Starbucks Corporation blaming the coffee chain for the poor sales in her 2008 album saying the company failed to adequately promote her 2008 album ahead of its release.
The singer, whose biggest success came during the 1970s and '80s with hits like You're So Vain and Anticipation, is seeking unspecified damages related to the release of the 14-track This Kind of Love in April 2008.
The album released in April 2008 was to be her last, the singer told the New York Times, the Guardian reported. Simon expected to the sales to soar but only 124,000 copies of the album were sold.
In a lawsuit filed on Friday with California's Los Angeles County Superior Court, Simon and her attorneys said the album wasn't available in a substantial number of Starbucks stores during the key early months following its release. Later, when the disc was stocked in Starbucks locations, the Seattle-based company slashed the price.
By doing so, Starbucks stigmatized Ms Simon's album as an album that could not be sold at full price, according to the claim.
Starbucks released a statement Monday saying the company met its contractual obligations and even extended the promotion time of the album in New York and Boston.
Unfortunately, sales continued to lag as the title received tepid response from music consumers, Starbucks said. Other retailers faced the same fate with this CD.
Simon's next record, Never Been Gone is scheduled to be released later this month by Iris Records.