General Levy says he has never received royalties for jungle anthem ‘Incredible’


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General Levy has revealed that he has “never” received royalties for featuring on M-Beat’s ‘Incredible’.

The 1994 track is known as a jungle classic and reached No. 39 in the UK Singles Chart at the time of its release and No. 8 in the UK charts once it was re-released by London Records.

In a recent interview with DJ Mag, the MC shared: “I’ve never received a royalties statement from London Records or from Renk Records” regarding the single.

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Levy recalls: “London Records saw the potential [of the track] and said, ‘Okay, he’s been a bit naughty, but we’re gonna try and negotiate something.’ So they had a meeting with Renk.

“I wasn’t there, nothing to do with me, I’m just the artist. Renk and London Records made an agreement, a licensing agreement, and they re-released the track.”

According to Levy, he has enquired about the royalties however the labels “pass the blame”.

He shares: “Every time I talk to Renk, Renk says, ‘Well, I gave London all the paperwork, I’ve given London everything, London’s got everything’”, he said. “They blame London. You go to London, London blames somebody else, and you end up running around in a circle. So I’ve never been able to get a royalties statement.”

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“I don’t know how much money [it made], I don’t know how much it sold. There’s been so many different compilations, there’s been a release in so many countries around the world, and I’ve never ever received not one pound from that song from the industry.”

Watch the full interview with General Levy here and listen to the jungle classic ‘Incredible’ below.

[Via: DJ Mag]

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Written by: Tim Hopkins

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