Courtney Love Sued Over Nirvana Pub Rights
July 23, 2008 at 5:13 AM (PT)
COURTNEY LOVE has been accused of leaving a HOLE in the books, reports EONLINE.COM. A business management and accounting firm has sued the artist for failing to fork over a percentage of the proceeds after selling a portion of NIRVANA's publishing rights for $19.5 million.
The LOS ANGELES-based LONDON & CO. claims its cut should have been $975,000, based on an oral agreement LOVE made with the firm in which she pledged to hand over 5% of her earnings, according to the lawsuit filed TUESDAY in L.A. Superior Court.
It's unclear whether the deal referred to in the five-page suit is the one that occurred in APRIL 2006, when LOVE unloaded 25% of her NIRVANA holdings to former VIRGIN RECORDS exec LARRY MESTEL, founder of PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING. At the time, he was rumored to have paid more than $50 million for the privilege.
A rep for LOVE couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Either way, the portion that she sold two years ago was bigger than DAVE GROHL and KRIST NOVOSELIC's respective pieces of the action combined.
As executor of KURT COBAIN's estate, LOVE originally controlled about 98% of the rights to NIRVANA's song catalog since his suicide in 1994. UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP and the surviving members of NIRVANA had to fight for permission to release a greatest-hits album in 2002, followed by a boxed set and a disc of rarities.