5 Seconds of Summer being sued for $2.5m by ex-management team

5 Seconds of Summer are being sued for $2.5million by their former management company for ‘unpaid recording and merchandising deals’


Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer’s former management is suing the band for $2.5million for unpaid recording and merchandising deals. 

According to TMZ, YMU Music, filed a hefty lawsuit claiming that the group owes them a ‘fat cheque for their hard work securing lucrative deals’.

The LA-based musicians reportedly hired YMU in February to help them secure million dollar recording and merchandising deals, but never paid them.

Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer’s former management, YMU Music, is suing the band for $2.5million for unpaid recording and merchandising deals. Pictured L-R: Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood

It’s alleged that the group fired YMU once the new deals were locked in, to avoid paying their hefty 15 per cent commission fees.

YMU claim that they have sent the group several invoices for their work over the past few months but are yet to be paid.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the group and YMU Music for comment.

Lawsuit: According to TMZ, the band's ex management, YMU Music, have filed a hefty lawsuit claiming that the group owes them a 'fat cheque for their hard work securing lucrative deals'

Lawsuit: According to TMZ, the band’s ex management, YMU Music, have filed a hefty lawsuit claiming that the group owes them a ‘fat cheque for their hard work securing lucrative deals’

New music: They recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary as a band with the release of a new single 2011 - the year they started

New music: They recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary as a band with the release of a new single 2011 – the year they started

It comes as the Aussie rockers dropped their new single, 2011, to commemorate their 10th anniversary.

In a statement the band called the past decade: ‘Singlehandedly the best 10 years of our lives.’

‘Above all else we were once again rediscovering how beautiful it is to be able to share our story together,’ they said.  

Throwback! The four-piece group first formed in 2011 at Norwest Christian College in Riverstone, in western Sydney and played their first gig at the famous Annandale Hotel

Throwback! The four-piece group first formed in 2011 at Norwest Christian College in Riverstone, in western Sydney and played their first gig at the famous Annandale Hotel 

‘We’ve loved every minute of being in this band. Here’s to another ten years of 5 Seconds of Summer,’ their statement concluded.

The four-piece group first formed in 2011 at Norwest Christian College in Riverstone, in western Sydney and played their first gig at the famous Annandale Hotel.

They joined One Direction on their Take Me Home world tour in 2013 which helped raise their profile.

But it was their 2014 single She Looks So Perfect that really sent their career soaring. 

They have since released four albums, and over the years have received a slew of American Music Awards, MTV accolades and ARIA gongs. 

Making music: They have since released four albums, and over the years have received a slew of American Music Awards, MTV accolades and ARIA gongs. Pictured together at the 2018 ARIA Awards

Making music: They have since released four albums, and over the years have received a slew of American Music Awards, MTV accolades and ARIA gongs. Pictured together at the 2018 ARIA Awards