Chris Cornell's Widow Sues Soundgarden (Again)

Vicky Cornell's new legal battle takes issue with an offer for the band's master recordings

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 17, 2021

Having sued Soundgarden in 2019 over royalty payments and unreleased music, Vicky Cornell is taking the band's surviving members back to court over a potential sale of the group's recording catalogue.

TMZ reports that Vicky Cornell, widow of singer Chris Cornell, alleges that Soundgarden's three surviving members offered her $300,000 USD for the late vocalist's cut of a potential sale of their master recordings.

In court documents viewed by TMZ, Cornell claims that the aforementioned amount is less than royalties she received for the band's masters in 2018, while also alleging the band received an offer of $16 million USD for Soundgarden's masters from an outside investor. That sale would see Cornell and each surviving member receive $4 million USD each.

"As requested by the Estate of Chris Cornell and as required by the laws of the State of Washington, the surviving members of Soundgarden submitted to the Cornell Estate four months ago a buy-out offer of the Estate's interests in Soundgarden calculated by respected music industry valuation expert Gary Cohen" a representative for Soundgarden told TMZ.

"Since then, the band members have continued to try to settle all disputes with the Cornell Estate and in their several attempts to settle, the band members have elected to offer multiple times more than the amount calculated by Cohen. This dispute has never been about money for the band. This is their life's work and their legacy."

Cornell's 2019 lawsuit saw her claim that Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron were withholding "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in royalty payments that are "indisputably owed" to the late frontman's family.

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