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The O’Jays Sue Crown Royal, Details Inside

The O'Jays are suing Crown Royal Whiskey for more than a million dollars over the use of their hit song "For the Love of Money."
The O'Jays, Eric Nolan Grant, left, Walter Williams, center, and Eddie Levert perform during the Essence Fest in the Superdome in New Orleans Friday, July 6, 2007. This is the first Essence Festival back in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By// Mariah Craddick

The O’Jays are usually known for making beautiful music but these days, they are pissed!  According to TMZ, the soul group is suing Crown Royal Whiskey for more than a million dollars over the use of their hit song “For the Love of Money” in their latest commercial, featuring basketball legend “Dr. J.”

They claim that they never gave the liquor company permission to use the song and that it “humiliated” the group. The song is only used as a background track for the commercial while an unnamed rapper raps over it about Crown Royal.

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Founding group members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, Sr. also criticized the rapper, calling him a “poseur with limited ability to carry a tune” who performed a “self-aggrandizing childish rap.”

Oop! They are heated, and understandably so to a point. But a million dollars?