Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jay Z Files Lawsuit Against Prince Estate


Last week Jay Z and his music streaming service Tidal threatened to file a lawsuit against the Estate of the late rocker Prince after it was announced that Universal Music Publishing Group had secured the license to distribute Prince's music catalogue [click here if you missed that].

Jay Z follows through...

From Billboard
...in new paperwork filed Friday (Nov. 11) in Minnesota district court and reviewed by Billboard, representatives for Roc Nation claim that a pre-existing contract granted Jay Z's streaming service Tidal exclusive streaming distribution rights to Prince's catalog, and is asking the court to allow its claim to stand and requesting "access to information concerning Bremer Trust's business dealings in its capacity as Special Administrator" for the estate.

13 comments:

Chrissy Snow said...

How is it both sides have different understandings of the same contract?

Paging dear Lurker! I'm confused.

Anonymous said...

Yes Chrissy, we need LONG TIME LURKER

-The Virgin

Anonymous said...

These are attorneys at work for Live Nation - Roc Nation - Jay Z. Jay made the contact, received the targeted material for TIDAL and now it's up to the big boys to secure. Easy

Anonymous said...

Jay is just thirsty and desperate to have Prince on Tidal. It was his last ditch effort but I thought the contract was only for one year. Prince did NOT like to be tied down to contracts so I can believe he only allowed it for a limited time. Jay needs to give it up.

Anonymous said...

Lurker, please come through.

That aside, Jay-Z is working overtime to show on paper that Tidal is valuable in some way. Other than that, they need the money and Jay-Z is under pressure from his bosses. (He's probably in the Devil's office with a bunch of excuses right now.)

He didn't deliver the Black communities' vote for Hilary and now this? Seriously, what is his role at Tidal? If he doesn't start "producing" I smell greatest hits albums and a lavish funeral coming...Hope not though!

Anonymous said...

^^^^ One of the many reasons why celebs should stay out of politics - outcomes too unknown but greed, publicity etc. overcome them; definitely not a business headset.

Kiki L said...

Come thru LURKER PLEASE PLEASE! WE NEED INFO ON WHY DID HE AND BEYONCE DECIDE TO campaign so late for Hilary and now he's suing the great 1!!! What is really going on here!!!

Anonymous said...

As he should. You can find multiple interviews of Prince discussing his reasons for going with Tidal and Jay. He had high respect for The Carters. His family just doesn't care because they're thinking about what will make the, the biggest buck NOW and are not so much concerned with moving the way Prince himself chose to move while alive.

Do Reme said...

No Jay is thinking about what's going to make HIM the biggest buck and it's backfiring in his face. His estate has every right to fight for it.

Anonymous said...

@1:55 But their was no written proof for Jay to have a reason to sue Prince. Your being bias. Look at both sides. And to sue someone that is deceased now is just inhumane.

Anonymous said...

11:28 and 3:07 peeped it too, huh? The Carters done goofed by over-promising and under-delivering re: The Election and with Tidal. Allegedly, the DNC wanted "younger" stars to appeal to voters 18 to 22 but Jay-Z and Beyonce lobbied and promised bigger turn out in those districts. That's why it took them so long to "campaign" for Hilary because many in the DNC thought it was a bad idea (and that the Katy Perry gambit was a bad idea, too.) Well, the turnout was dismal and shame on the DNC for believing someone's agent on manager and not looking at the data.

I worked tireless for the Clinton campaign but KNEW we were gonna lose when all those people left the Formation tour stop, uh, I mean Clinton rally in my city right after they performed. I have nothing against Jay-Z and Beyonce, but the executors of Prince's will are not going to roll over just because Jay-Z tells them to. Their popularity is waning and we all know (as 8:50 said) what happens to stars when they're no longer valuable.

-Former Clinton 2016 Precinct Captain

Anonymous said...

I guess all those hours of 'Spirit Cooking', Marina Abramovic, did for Jay and Hilary Clinton didn't work out too well. Yet, the Carter's don't belong to any occult. Don't know what I'm talking about allow Goggle and Youtube "enlighten" you. Just be sure you don't have a weak stomach. The ingredients are repulsive.

Anonymous said...

@3:32 We cannot just automatically assume that something may happen to them sometime soon. Jay is said to produce some movies soon and Bey is allegedly coming up with a show.

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