Charice confirms parting of ways with management
MANILA, Philippines – Charice has confirmed that he ended his contract with his previous management, Cleverbox Events. This, after rumors that Cleverbox is being sued by a concert promoter for estafa, over 3 of Charice's concerts.
On Friday, September 30, Charice told members of the press at his album launch, "We've terminated the contract with them [Cleverbox]... They're not even here. I mean, if they're not even here, if they really managed me, where are they?"
"And you know since I've terminated the contract with them, it was like 2 months ago, 3 months ago – that long already – I've been doing stuff on my own, and they're not even running after me," he continued.
Despite the time that has passed since then, Charice's break with Cleverbox only made headlines recently.
A report on People's Journal, published on September 22, said that one Maria Rosario Risi Aureus, a promoter and producer, is suing Cleverbox after she paid a P400,000 downpayment for 3 concerts with Charice.
The concerts were supposed to be held in Rome, Dubai, and Switzerland from September 10 to 18.
When Aureus asked Cleverbox for a video she could use to promote the event, Cleverbox couldn't give her one. When she turned Charice himself, the singer said that he did not receive any of the P400,000 downpayment from Cleverbox.
During the launch of his album Catharsis, Charice also confirmed this was true: "Actually what the promoter said is true. Na hindi sinusoli [yung pera] (That they didn't return [the money])... There's so many reasons, but that's one of the biggest reasons I guess na talagang tinerminate (that made us terminate the) [yung contract], because it was very unprofessional, you know. We never received money from them or the promoter, and the promoter knows that."
Charice added that the issue is now between Cleverbox and Aureus, and that he cut ties with Cleverbox as soon as he heard about it.
The singer also said that he knew about the 3 concerts scheduled: "In fact, I do, I do know. I'm professional. But you have to be professional to me too. That's just how it works. If you want me to perform well, if you want me to give my best, you have to be professional to me too. Kasi (Because) that's how it works, business is business."
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who helped me make this album. We finally did it. Di ko na sabihin lahat pero you guys know who you are. Read my acknowledgement once the physical copy of the album comes out. Most of you are in this photo. Thank you for believing in me and my crazy ideas. Love you guys. Thanks @mayonnaisemusic @starmusicph @theyellowroomph @themadunionent @michellegankee for everything.
However, on September 22, Cleverbox sent Pep a letter dated September 19, from their lawyers to Charice's legal counsel. It said: "Should your client [Charice] insist in terminating the aforementioned agreement, perhaps it would be prudent that the matter be discussed amongst us. Hopefully, a settlement mutually acceptable to both parties may be achieved in the process."
They continued, "We regret to inform you that E. Central Inc. and Cleverbox Events shall continue too act and represent itself as Talent Manager of Ms. Pempengco in accordance with their agreement."
On September 30, however, Charice insisted that the contract has been terminated and he is now managing himself with the help of his friends.
"Sobra yung pagkakaiba, kakaiba talaga," said Charice about managing his own career and working with his friends. "Kasi andoon yung trust, andoon yung alam na nila yung gusto ko, alam nila yung di ako kumportable, alam na nila lahat.
(It's a big difference, it's really different. Because the trust is there, they know what I want, they know what I'm comfortable with, they know everything.)
"Ang problema kasi, like before, sa mga past managements ko, hindi kami... sobrang close. Parang wala doon yung full trust na and somehow laging nag-eend up na tama yung feeling ko, ganoon."
(The problem, like before, with my past managements, we weren't very close. It's like the full trust wasn't there and somehow it always ended up that my feeling about them was right.)
When asked about his past issues with his management and whether he was taken advantage of before, Charice replied that he isn't the only artist who has been caught in this situation.
"Napakadaming ibang tao diyan na talagang, like what I said, pagka hindi sometimes macontrol yung desire, kung ano gusto nila ganyan, minsan naapektohan na yung work nila sa akin or sa ibang tao.
(There are so many other people who really, like what I said, when they sometimes can't control their desires, what they want, sometimes, it affects their work with me or with other people.)
"And I guess hindi lang ako. Main reason probably, kung bakit yung iba rin, yung ibang artist nagkakaano sa managers nila. So it's common, it's a common situation."
(And I guess it's not just me. Main reason probably, why others, other artists have bad experiences with their managers. So it's common, it's a common situation.)
Charice's new album, Catharsis, was released on Spotify on September 30 and will be sold nationwide in October. – Rappler.com