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Reigan Derry, Jolyon Petch in nightmare credit saga over Aussie chart-topping track, Dreams

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Producer Jolyon Petch has weighed in on the saga that overshadowed Australian music’s biggest night of the year.

On the eve of the ARIA awards, which took place in Sydney on Wednesday night, former Australian Idol and The X Factor contestant Reigan Derry let loose at her former friend, claiming that she was snubbed of her contribution to club smash, Dreams.

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In a lengthy Instagram story Derry accused Petch of erasing her part in the Fleetwood Mac cover’s creation and dudding her of royalties – leaving her with no choice but to clean Airbnb’s to make ends meet as the song bearing her vocals soared up the charts, racking up 12 million streams on Spotify.

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Petch’s management didn’t wish to comment although their client has since taken to Facebook and in a statement said that he’s “really surprised Reigan took this path on the eve of the ARIA’s when we had already agreed to settle this matter”.

“Like everything, there are two sides to every story,” he said.

“Dreams was never released without Reigan’s consent. And we had come to an agreement to credit her.”

Jolyon Petch.
Camera IconJolyon Petch. Credit: Unknown/Instagram
Altitude Ball at Grand Ballroom, Crown Perth on Saturday August 20th, 2016.
Reigan Derry 
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Shoes by Tony Bianco  
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Camera IconReigan Derry. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

Petch claimed he has been bearing the brunt of Derry’s “followers”, who have threatened him.

“The past few weeks I have been the target of Reigan’s followers which have now escalated to death threats. I’m sure you can understand why I had to block people as no one should ever receive death threats or abuse online,” he wrote.

“At every stage over the past few months we have been trying to work with Reigan and her legal team to come to an agreement, accommodating precisely her recent demands (including ongoing royalties and feature credit) even though a deal was clearly made last year.

“We thought we’d reached an amicable commercial resolution two weeks ago – so that she would be recognised at the ARIAs, across DSPs and YouTube, but we have been waiting for Reigan to sign the agreement.”

The spat began when Derry shared a lengthy statement on Instagram claiming Petch paid her just $300 for the vocals, without coming to a formal agreement over payment.

“Jolyon Petch then released Dreams through TMRW without further consultation. He did not include me in the artists agreement. He did not get consent to use my vocals. We did not have any other kind of written agreement,” she wrote.

“The was no contract. There was no licensing fee. There has been no conversations about percentages or name features for Dreams at all.

“It’s crazy to think on paper I am the most successful I’ve ever been (platinum sales and ARIA-nominated) while simultaneously earning the lowest income if my working life.”

But Petch’s record company slapped down Derry’s claims she was dealt with unfairly, saying she had asked not to be credited on the release.

“In July 2021, as the record gained traction, we reached out to Reigan and actively tried to include her in promotion for the record,” TMRW told The Music Network.

“Reigan stated she was happy to be involved in promotion for the record and that it was in her best interest to do so, even though she didn’t want to put her name to the release originally.

“Subsequent to these conversations, Reigan approached Jolyon asking to be featured on the record and to receive a share of royalties. As TMRW licensed the recording from Jolyon, these negotiations have been taking place directly between Jolyon and Reigan and their legal teams.

“On November 12 we were advised by Jolyon’s team that an agreement had been reached between both parties’ legal teams for Reigan to feature on the record and participate in a share of the artist income. We have been awaiting confirmation of execution of this agreement so that we can proceed with making changes to the product.”

The Music Network published on Wednesday night what is claimed to be a screenshot of a text exchange between Reigan and Petch, where Reigan appears to decline credit on his song.

“If you’d like you don’t have to put my name as a feature and just have it as Jolyon,” the message said.

A story published by The Music Network earlier tonight shared what is claimed to be a text exchange between Reigan and Petch, where Reigan appears to decline credit on a Jolyon Petch song.
Camera IconA story published by The Music Network earlier tonight shared what is claimed to be a text exchange between Reigan and Petch, where Reigan appears to decline credit on a Jolyon Petch song. Credit: NME

However Reigan told NME via Instagram direct message that the message in question was about Holding On, not Dreams.

“Jolyon took a conversation we had about our collab ‘Holding On’ out of context,” Regian said.

“I wrote that message is 25th March, and I didn’t record or speak about Dreams until 18th August.”

The West Australian has reached out to Derry for comment.

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