PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Philadelphia songwriter is finally reaping the benefits of what he claims he was owed regarding the second-best selling album of last decade.
Billboard reports that last week, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury awarded Daniel Marino millions for a song he largely created by laying the guitar hook, tempo and chord progression named “Club Girl” that would go on to become Usher’s “Bad Girl” off of his monster 2004 album, Confessions.
Marino’s former co-writer William Guice was ordered to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages, $20.25 million in punitive damages and co-defendant Dante Barton’s Destro Music Productions agreed to fork over $17.35 million.
That, ladies and gentlemen, brings the grand total to $44.35 million.
Luckily for the now 40-year-old superstar, none of the shillings will have to come from his piggy bank, for he wasn’t named in the lawsuit.