Pumpkins Sue Virgin Records Over Pepsi / Amazon Deal
Alleging illegal use of the band's name and reputation, The Smashing Pumpkins are suing their former label, Virgin Records, over a "Pepsi Stuff" promotion involving Amazon.com and Pepsi Co. The suit seeks payment of any profit made by Virgin in said promotion and an injunction against any future usage of the band's name and/or music. The Pumpkins--who have stated they would "never grant such authority to Virgin, or any other entity"--released their music via Virgin for 17 years. Their most recent release, Zeitgeist, was on the Reprise label.