Chris Cornell’s Widow Is Suing Soundgarden Over Unpaid Royalties

December 9, 2019
Chris Cornell and Vicky Cornell

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Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell has recently filed legal documents claiming that the members of Soundgarden are withholding thousands of dollars in royalties from her and Chris’ children. 

TMZ reports that the dispute between Vicky and Soundgarden are in regards to the seven unreleased recordings from Chris Cornell. 

Vicky says the lack of royalty payments is an attempt from Cornell’s bandmates to “strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.”

According to the documents the seven tracks are “solely authored by Chris; contain Chris' own vocal tracks, and were bequeathed to Chris' Estate”. 

According to Soundgarden, all the current members had been working with Chris on the files in a collaborative effort. They also listed various members as co-songwriters along with Chris on 5 of the 7 disputed recordings.

Vicky also claims that she fears for her family's life. She says that band members have agitated their rabid fan base by suggesting that she is blocking the release of new music. In addition, the documents state that stalkers have “threatened the safety" of Cornell’s family. 

Vicky posted on Instagram that this is not the way she wanted to handle things.

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. #chriscornell forever --

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Via: Pitchfork