Ryan Castro Wins $2 Million Judgement Against King Records Over Unpaid Royalties, Contract Breaches

Ryan Castro wins against King Records royalties, contract breaches
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Ryan Castro wins against King Records royalties, contract breaches
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Reggaeton artist Ryan Castro wins his lawsuit against King Records, regaining the rights to his music as the label is ordered to pay $2 million.

Colombian reggaeton star Ryan Castro, known for his collaborations with Peso Pluma, J Balvin, Karol G, and more, has won his lawsuit against indie label King Records after accusing them of breach of contract and withholding royalties in a series of filings last year. Though Castro has won a $2 million judgement that the indie label is now ordered to pay, two more lawsuits remain.

Ryan Castro began working with King Records in 2020. After achieving success in Latin America with his viral 2021 track, “Mujeriego,” which also marked his first Billboard chart entry, Castro joined King Records founder Kevin Roldán in launching a new imprint, Awoo King Records. Even then, Castro was already complaining internally that the label “wasn’t being transparent” enough in its financial statements, despite his requests.

In a statement shared with Variety, Castro’s manager and Leo Arango said, “Ryan Castro wakes up today 100% free in terms of record labels, with absolute independence in everything related to production and phonographic publication. He now becomes absolute owner of his past, present, and future music, after the ruling of the Arbitration Tribunal known yesterday.”

“In addition,” Arango continues, “with an absolutely privileged position for the prompt resolution of the two pending contracts with the record label King Records, which today, due to its breaches, has absolutely no influence on the artist’s career.”

King Records shared a statement to their Instagram Stories, saying that while they would abide by the arbitration process and instructions, they also seek to have the ruling amended, calling it “unfair and unbalanced, based on the evidence presented by our legal team.”

“It’s important to note that our company still has two active contracts with Ryan Castro, including the exclusive management of his music career, in addition to a joint venture through Awoo King Records where we share master recordings and other business together,” their statement continues. “We wish Ryan Castro and his team the best, but will continue to work through our current agreements while we will seek to have this decision amended.”

In 2023 alone, Castro released a string of singles including “Una Noche En Medellín Remix” with Karol G, “Ritmo De Medallo” with Feid, “Ghetto Star,” “X 1 Beso” with De La Ghetto, “14/20” alongside Piso 21, “Corazón Roto (Remix)” with Jhayco and Brray, and his biggest hit to date, “Quema” with Peso Pluma and SOG. Most recently, Castro dropped his debut studio album, El Cantante De Ghetto.