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September 17, 2001, Monday

SECTION: Entertainment News

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Aimee Mann sues Universal

Aimee Mann has filed suit against Universal Music Group (UMG) and Universal Music & Video Distribution, alleging the unauthorized release of the "Aimee Mann Ultimate Collection," a compilation of previously unreleased songs and promotional singles. The five-count suit, filed Sept. 10 in California Superior Court in L.A., seeks more than $2 million in damages. The suit contends that "Ultimate Collection," released in 2000, was never approved by Mann and breached her 1992 contract with the Imago Recording Co., which was subsequently acquired by Geffen Records and UMG. The suit says that in 1999, Mann terminated her Geffen contract, with the agreement that UMG could not assemble a compilation of her material without her consent. The suit reads, "The packaging for [Mann's ]record, and the narrative and biographical information contained in the linear notes, including a 'thanks' section, are designed to convey the false impression that the ['Ultimate Collection' ]is endorsed by [Mann ]." UMG says it does not comment on pending litigation. (Todd Martens, L.A.)