Musical producer

Judge rules producer’s claims against Post Malone are legitimate

A judge has ruled in favor of a songwriter named Tyler Armes in his legal battle with pop star Post Malone in a fight over the hit ‘Circles’.

U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright has ruled in favor of a producer and songwriter named Tyler Armes in his publishing dispute with pop star Post Malone.

According to BillboardJudge Wright said he believes Armes should be able to prove in court that he contributed substantially to the hit song “Circles”, recorded during a studio session in August 2018.

Wright thinks Armes should be able to fight to establish a co-credit with producer Frank Dukes and Post Malone on the song.

The ‘Rockstar’ artist wanted the claim dismissed, arguing that in the studio, Armes had no ‘power of veto’ during the session and was therefore not eligible for credit for writing songs.

The judge said, “Although Dukes may have had control of the laptop, there is no suggestion that he or Post possessed any special veto or decision-making power that Armes did not have.”

“Armes’ testimony, if credited, supports the conclusion that all three musicians shared equal control of the session, making non-hierarchical contributions to a unitary whole,” Judge Wright said.

Post Malone still doesn’t believe the evidence supports Armes should get the credit he’s asking for, giving him an equal third of the song which has more than 2.9 billion cumulative radio audience and 732 million US streams as well as 457,000 downloads, according to Billboard.

What helped Armes’ case was a text message to Post Malone’s manager, Dr. London, submitted to the court that read, “I just showed Posty the message / He said he remembered / You played a bass track, then he played more afterwards.”

They offered him 5% credit on the song, and he turned it down, leading to the April 2020 legal filing.

The three will fight on May 17 in federal court in Los Angeles.