I was sent this message by a representative of EME, and apparently all is settled between the record label and their tour promoters, Royal Entertainment.
Here’s the press release:
- Dear Fans,
As you all know, on August 17, 2012 Royal Entertainment scheduled a concert featuring WizKid, Skales & Rotimi. Royal Entertainment was responsible for the promotions of that show. We put all of our efforts behind promoting this, so when EME had to cancel the show, we felt very disappointed. It was a knock against Royal Entertainment, and it was a let-down for all of you, who were looking forward to it.
EME claims that WizKid would have been physically unable to perform. Because of his rigorous touring and recording schedule, he had taken ill, and EME saw it in his best interest to suspend the tour for a small amount of time in order for him to recuperate. EME and Royal Entertainment came to an agreement that both companies would jointly issue statements, apologizing to the fans, and makeup for the show in the nearest future. While we are extremely disappointed at the cancellation, Royal Entertainment has accepted the situation.
Furthermore, we would like to address the allegations that Banky W. had never planned to be in California. We have come to find out that this information was 100% false. As you can imagine, We felt betrayed and went on a public tirade against EME, and Banky W. Sparks flew, tempers raged, and certain statements were issued, on twitter and in the Nigerian Entertainment blogosphere, due to the intensity of the situation at hand.
Hindsight, they say, is 20/20. Further research has brought many things to light, and it’s time to make the situation clear. It is in the interest of everyone to put all of this behind us. With that, we would like to close this chapter by issuing the following statements:
Royal Entertainment acknowledges that EME explained the reason for the cancellation of the California Show and apologized to us. While we are extremely disappointed, we accepted the apology.
The information presented to Royal Entertainment was 100% false. Allegations were made about Banky’s character, and while we may have believed them at the time, those allegations have proven themselves to be completely untrue. To his credit, Mr Wellington and EME acted with dignity through the whole ordeal, and Royal Entertainment would like to publicly apologize for the way we handled the situation. Royal Entertainment would furthermore like to publicly retract what we, or any of our affiliates, have said negatively about Banky W and EME.
There was no booking fee or deposit of any sort paid to EME for the California show, however, monies were spent by Royal Entertainment for promotions. EME has agreed to refund Royal Entertainment in full for the requested amount.
All fans who bought advance tickets from any of the promotions agents, are eligible for a 100% refund. Those handled by Royal Entertainment will be refunded through our channels; Alore media, the company in charge of online logistics, has ensured that those handled online will be credited back through the source of payment.
It is our hope that henceforth, such situations will never repeat themselves. When things spiral out of control this way, every brand or company associated with the ordeal suffers a shot to its reputation. The overall intention was for us to do the best possible for the fans, and all of our actions were in their interest.
In conclusion, on behalf of Royal Entertainment, EME, Alore Media and all parties involved, Royal Entertainment would like to apologize to the fans, and furthermore promise that we will make every effort to ensure something like this will not happenagain. Thank you for your support, understanding and love.