Philadelphia songwriter Daniel Marino is finally getting paid the money he deserves. As reported byBillboard, Marino proved that he wrote the guitar hook, tempo, and chord progression for a song called “Club Girl.” The track was ultimately turned into Usher’s “Bad Girl,” off Confessions. The album is one of the best selling R&B projects of all time, and Marino wasn’t about to lose his creation.
Marino claimed that he was not paid profits for constructing the song along with his former co-songwriter William Guice. Guice was ordered to pay Marino $6.75 million in compensatory damages, and $20.25 million in punitive damages. Destro Music Productions, owned by co-defendant Dante Barton, also agreed to pay Marino $17.35 million. In total, that leaves Marino with $44.35 million. Although the song was performed by Usher, he was not named in the lawsuit.