The Hives
The Hives on stage. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT

The Ark vs The Hives in major lawsuit

The prolonged financial dispute involving Sweden’s Tambourine Studios has taken a new turn as the former pop band The Ark has filed a law suit against rock band The Hives.

Between 2002 and 2009, The Ark reportedly leant out several million krona to companies and artists involved in Tambourine, among them The Hives (SEK 6.2 million) and The Cardigans (SEK 775,000), newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

According to the newspaper, The Ark’s law suit was filed back in 2011 but has been dormant in anticipation of a final ruling in the high-profile dispute between The Cardigans and The Hives. That ruling came last week, when the Supreme Court decided not to pursue the case. The ruling means that The Hives will be forced to pay The Cardigans SEK 30 million.

Now, The Ark lead singer, Ola Salo, and his former band mates are demanding SEK 6.2 million from The Hives.

The Hives first sued Tambourine Studios back in 2011, when the band claimed that the company had overcharged them and administered its finances in an irresponsible manner. The Hives lost the court case  in 2013.

Tambourine Studios is a recording studio in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. It was set up by members of the Swedish band Egsstone. The Cardigans recorded most of their albums at Tambourine Studios.

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