Monthly Archives: December 2019

Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Soundgarden Over Unpaid Royalties

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source: Metalhead News

Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Soundgarden Over Unpaid Royalties

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell is suing the surviving members of Soundgarden according to TMZ, Apparently she has filed a lawsuit against the band over several unreleased recordings.

The suit claims that the band is “withholding hundreds of thousand of dollars in royalties” owed to Cornell and their children, all of whom are minors. Vicky Cornell is claiming hat the band wants the rights to the material, which she calls an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.”

According to documents obtained by celebrity gossip site  TMZ, the seven tracks are “solely authorized by Chris; contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris’ Estate for the benefit of her and their children.” Vicky Cornell claims to have offered to share the recordings with Soundgarden so they can be released in conjunction with Chris’ wishes, including having his producer involved, but she claims the band has refused.

Soundgarden in their defense are claiming they worked on the tracks with Chris and that they were “working on the files in a collaborative effort,” and the “entire band was feeling very positive about their rekindled artistic energy and creativity” prior to Cornell’s death. The band also claims that various members of the band are co-songwriters on five of the seven unreleased recordings.

Cornell’s wife claims the opposite, that Chris Cornell Estate is the sole owner of the unreleased tracks. She has also accused guitarist Kim Thayil blaming her for the reason the band hasn’t released any new material. Back in October, Thayil told an interviewer that “There are still catalog issues to address” when the topic of unreleased Soundgarden material came up. He would also state ““There’s still things we want to release — old tapes, some live performances… We definitely have another record in us. Stuff that’s written, stuff that’s demoed and recorded — certainly. All it would need is to take the audio files that are available.” Thayil would go on to say that Cornell had recorded the vocal tracks prior to his death.

Vicky Cornell took to Instagram to express her thoughts about the rift below.

I have been taking time these past few weeks to be grateful for all the good people around me and for those who have lifted me up at the very worst times in my life. The silver lining, during the storm, is finding and appreciating the subtle glow of those who sincerely support you in your life unconditionally. However, sometimes while you grieve the one you physically lost, you realize that you must now grieve the loss of some of those you considered friends and family as well.

I am shocked at how often this occurs. It’s not just me, or the rock-star widow, or the political widow; it is the case for the vast majority of women after their partners have passed. It transcends socio-economic class, race, and religion. It is an unpleasant and unfortunately all too common theme. Hard-hearted family members, friends, and business associates; who will exploit a widow’s vulnerability when she’s broken and alone. These other people who have decided that her time is up as well.

Through support groups and other widowed friends, and during both difficult and supportive conversations, I have learned that I am not a unique case. This seems to be the inevitable plight of the widow in this world and I cannot help feeling angry, sad and betrayed. I will not be bullied or shamed into silence. I will not accept something so wrong, so lacking in compassion or decency, even with the clear but unspoken threat of social rejection hanging over me.

This was not the way I would have chosen to move forward. But I will not be pushed aside for someone else’s convenience or gain. I will not sacrifice our children’s futures for someone else’s greed. And I will not let someone else make me feel shame because the man I loved was taken from all of us too soon.

I will do justice by my husband’s work and memory; for our children and for everything we stood for. I want to thank everyone who has stood by Chris and has supported us through this devastating time. Your love and your kindness will never be forgotten.

The Anniversary of Scott Weiland’s Death

It is the anniversary of Scott Weiland’s death today.