Kandi Burruss Sues ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Co-Star Kim Zolciak Over Song Royalties

Kim Zolciak Kandi Burruss

Let’s get one thing straight, “Don’t Be Tardy for the Party” is a jam. But now it looks like it’s going to be jamming up the court system as Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak fight over who should be making money off the dance single. 

According to Us Weekly, Kandi and co-writer Rodney Richard both filed lawsuits against Zolciak, who didn’t pay them for writing the song that put her on the charts. To anyone who is familiar with the show, this is an old battle and Kandi (who has a Grammy for writing “No Scrubs” for TLC) always said that Kim didn’t give her any money though Kim made quite a bit of it hawking the catchy diddy on iTunes. In the past, Kandi said it was her fault for doing business with a friend and let the matter drop to keep the peace. Seems like she’s changed her mind. 

Burruss, who has enlisted fellow RHOA star (and former Bobby Brown attorney) Phaedra Parks as her legal council, is seeking an injuction for Zolciak to stop selling the song, punative damages, and attorney fees. Wow, this is going to make for some crazy reunion chatter. But this move might have something to do with the fact that Kim now has her own show (ironically titled Don’t Be Tardy) on Bravo so Kandi and Phaedra won’t have to deal with the fallout on camera. But maybe we’ll see some glimmers of this on Kandi’s new show The Kandi Factory. Or maybe this is just to create drama on both of them. These Housewives always have some sort of ulterior motive. 

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[Photo Credit: Bravo]


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After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).

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