The Italians Do It Better co-founder moves from accusations to threats.
After accusing Italians Do It Better boss Johnny Jewel of stealing his track and passing it off as his own earlier this month, label co-founder Mike Simonetti has threatened to “sell (or just leak)” a CD of unreleased music from Jewel’s band Chromatics.
“He steals my music, he owes me $13,000. And I have so many unreleased demos… maybe it’s time to sell this (or just leak it),” Simonetti wrote in a Facebook post sent to multiple music publications.
The picture shows a purple CD-R with “Chromatics LP rough demos for Mike” written on it. Simonetti clarifies that the recordings come from the band’s years-in-the-making 2012 album Kill For Love.
“I have 3 other cdrs. About 3 hours of music,” he adds.
Earlier this month, Simonetti claimed that Jewel stole his song ‘The Magician,’ releasing it under the name Symmetry.” The track in question appears on the Italians Do It Better’s After Dark 2 compilation and Simonetti alleges that Jewel took his original track off the tracklist and re-recorded it.
Representatives for Italians Do It Better previously told FACT that ‘The Magician’ was co-written by Jewel, Simonetti and Chromatics member Nat Walker with each sharing 1/3 of the publishing rights.
Take a look at the photo below. We’ve reached out for comment to Jewel’s camp. More on this story as it develops.