Chris Cornell’s widow is suing the surviving members of Soundgarden. According to TMZ, Vicky Cornell has filed a lawsuit against the band over the rights to seven unreleased recordings.
The suit claims that the band is “withholding hundreds of thousand of dollars in royalties” owed to Cornell, herself and their children who are minors. Vicky Cornell says that 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 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 says the band refused.
Meanwhile, Soundgarden are claiming they worked on the tracks with Chris. The band states 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” before Cornell passed away. The group also claims that various members of the band are co-songwriters on five of the seven disputed recordings.
Vicky Cornell claims the opposite, that Chris Cornell Estate is the sole owner of the unreleased tracks. She is also accusing guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her family in danger by suggesting she is the main hurdle to Soundgarden releasing another album.