According to a report from Billboard.com, U.S. District Judge Michelle Peterson, working on the case between Vicky Cornell against the surviving members of Soundgarden, says there’s no evidence the band is withholding royalties from Chris Cornell’s widow. A federal judge in Washington state is recommending the court toss out two of Vicky Cornell’s six claims against the remaining members of Soundgarden, her late husband Chris Cornell’s band, so far.
Less than one week after Vicky Cornell lodged another lawsuit against the surviving members of Soundgarden, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron, have responded to the suit in reference to unreleased material from Chris Cornell. In her lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, Cornell said that the living members of the band offered her “the villainously low figure of less than $300,000,” despite having allegedly received a $16 million offer from an outside music investor for Soundgarden’s master recordings. Cornell died via suicide in 2017. Soundgarden’s last studio album was King Animal, released in 2012 on Republic Records.
According to TMZ, late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, has again sued the surviving members of the band over the buyout price for her stake in the band. She had previously launched a lawsuitagainst the band over the masters Chris recorded that were meant to be songs for the final Soundgarden album, which was in progress when Chris died. She may be vying to put these songs out as a solo release from the late signer/songwriter. Cornell died via suicide in 2017 at age 53.
In December 2020, the estate of late Soundgarden, Temple of The Dog, Audioslave, and solo artist Chris Cornell, managed by his second wife Vicky Cornell, released No One Sings Like You Anymore: Volume One (Ume), an album of mostly unreleased cover songs. Initially reported to be “the final solo recordings of Chris Cornell”, that idea was backtracked as more Cornell songs have been uncovered. Speaking to “The Rizzuto Show” on the 105.7 The Point radio station, Vicky said that there is much more music from Chris on the way. “There is a volume two,” she said (hear audio below). “The thing with this volume one, though, that makes it special is that he mastered it, he sequenced it — this is all Chris from beginning to end. And the other one was mastered, not sequenced, volume two. And then, because he was just such a prolific writer, we’re blessed, because he has left us lots of music. Not in completely finished form, but there’s enough to work with, and the Cornell stamp is all over it. So that’s really special. So there’s a lot of music.” As we previously reported,Vicky is also in a lawsuit against the surviving members of Soundgarden over the unreleased material that was meant to be Chris’ contribution to the final Soundgarden album.
Last week the estate of Chris Cornell surprise dropped a covers album, touted to be the final studio recordings of Chris, No One Sings Like You Anymore. Recorded by Chris in 2016, the LP features his renditions of John Lennon’s “Watching The Wheels”, Ghostland Observatory’s “Sad Sad City”, Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into The Fire”, Carl Hall’s “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love”, Electric Light Orchestra’s “Showdown”, Terry Reid’s “To Be Treated Rite”, Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay With Me Baby” (originally released for HBO’s show “Vinyl”), “Get It While You Can”, popularized by Janis Joplin, and a new studio recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, written by Prince. Chris’s cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Patience.” As reported by Blabbermouth.net, in a new interview with USA today promoting the album, Vicky Cornell was asked if more of Chris’ music would see the light of day.
Seattle station KIRO 7 News reported that Late Thursday night (August 20), the beloved statue of local and music legend Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of The Dog, solo) was vandalized. It was painted white. Cornell died on May 18th 2017. Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky released a statement via the late singer’s social media. She wrote: “My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only a work of art but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide.
In a story we first reported and have been following, according to a published report by Rolling Stone, the surviving members of Soundgarden have denied Vicky Cornell’s claims that the band is withholding royalties of Chris Cornell’s from her and also denied her claim that she is the sole owner of several recordings Cornell worked on before his death in a new court filing. Cornell died from suicide on May 18th 2017. According to the report, “The motion, filed Tuesday and obtained by Rolling Stone, is a response to a lawsuit Vicky Cornell filed last December against her late husband’s former bandmates, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, and the band’s business manager, Rit Venerus. Vicky accused the band of withholding royalties from the Cornell family to force her to turn over a handful of recordings made before Cornell’s death.” Continue reading
In a new report by TMZChris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell has filed a lawsuit that claims the remaining living members of Soundgarden are withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties owed to her and Chris’s minor children. She calls the move an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.” Interest in new music is said to be high from their fanbase, and the band is currently nominated for entry into the 2020 class of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
A new, previously unreleased song has been released by the family of Chris Cornell. The track from the late Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of The Dog singer comes from a new self-titled solo album collection Chris Cornell, and also available as a 4 CD limited-edition deluxe box set. The first release since his passing in 2017, the album will be made available by Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Chris Cornell estate through Ume. Listen to the never before heard track’When Bad Does Good’ now.Continue reading
Soundgarden has gone down as one of the most important bands to ever come out of Seattle, Washington. Chris Cornell’s 2017 death devastated the music world and spawned countless tributes cementing his legacy. Now a statue erected in Cornell’s memory has its unveiling date, on October 7th. “Chris Cornell: An Everlasting Tribute to Seattle’s Son” will be unveiled by Chris’ wife Vicky Cornell and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Following the unveiling, footage of Soundgarden’s performance at The Wiltern, captured by the Artist Den, will be screened inside MoPOP’s Sky Church. More details can be found below. Continue reading