Prince is facing 'poaching' lawsuit over Judith Hill's debut album

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Prince is facing a lawsuit over "poaching" a former contestant on NBC's hit singing show "The Voice."

Jolene Cherry, the owner of the production company behind Judith Hill's debut album "Back In Time," filed a complaint against Prince Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The suit alleges the Minnesota native pursued Hill, despite her exclusive recording contract with Sony via The Cherry Project, and then damaged prospects for the album by releasing it as a free digital download via Live Nation's mailing list, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Cherry claims she rejected Hill's request to record and release an album with Prince because it would violate the recording agreement, but the suit alleges that Hill and Prince, who "boldly and inexplicably ignored these warnings" and the law, proceeded with the album anyway, and then released it as a free download, Courthouse News notes.

The lawsuit says:

"Judith Hill’s first album — 'Back in Time' — is now out, but rather than cheering along with her, the people who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her career and album and worked to position Hill for her first release (as well as those who co-wrote many of the songs) are sitting dumb-founded on the sidelines while Prince gives away their investment for free."

Cherry is suing for unspecified compensation and punitive damages from Prince, according to Rolling Stone, for making "it economically unfeasible for [The Cherry Party] to ever release Hill's 'first album' or their recordings of songs ... which Hill had already recorded for The Cherry Party," the complaint says.

Hill is not named as a defendant in Cherry's lawsuit. However, Hill filed a lawsuit against Cherry last week in New York that paints a different picture of what happened, Courthouse News reports. That lawsuit claims after Hill signed the record deal, Sony cut ties with The Cherry Project because Cherry was "incompetent."

The lawsuit also alleges Cherry had planted a story that Hill dedicated a love song to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Hill's lawsuit alleges defamation, fraud and breach of contract, The Wrap says.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-30 at 7.41.02 AM

Human remains found at Albert Lea building where 3 people where shot

Authorities say the human remains are not related to the shooting.

DirecTV

DirecTV subscribers could lose KARE 11 on Tuesday

A new contract needs to be agreed upon by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

prison, Rush City cell block

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The man is the fifth incarcerated person in Minnesota to die from COVID-19.

ambulance

Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.

Screen Shot 2020-11-29 at 4.59.51 PM

Watch: Adam Thielen watches end of Vikings/Panthers just like all of us

The Vikings receiver looked like a true fan on Sunday afternoon.

Chad Beebe

Chad Beebe's roller-coaster fourth-quarter keeps Vikings playoff hopes alive

A muffed punt and a game-winning touchdown helped defeat the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

127266986_2766399800267634_3587849554502438415_n

West-central MN cops warn kids to stay off ice, or 'Santa won't come'

This comes amid repeated ice warnings across the state.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.

EDL1LeKXsAEeH32

How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Related