Ginuwine says he was duped into signing a contract with a record company that doesn't exist. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, the R&B singer says he was persuaded to sign on May 8, 2007, with King Music Group Inc., a company that a personal acquaintance, Michael Bourne of Memphis, Tennessee, said he owned. The When We Make Love singer signed up with King Music because he was friends with Bourne, the "company's" chief. "He'd known Michael for a while. They were friends," said his lawyer, Corey Boddie. "[Bourne] promised him the world, and nothing happened."
Terms of the contract gave Ginuwine, whose real name is Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, $1.75 million to record his first album with King, including a $500,000 advance, according to court papers. In nearly five months, the singer hasn't made any records and hasn't been paid a cent, the lawsuit said. In addition, the lawsuit said, there is no corporate record for King Music Group Inc. anywhere in New York, California, Florida or Tennessee.
Ginuwine's albums include Back II Da Basics, Ginuwine...The Bachelor and The Life.