Prince Estate Splits Into Two As Functional Structure On Artist Music, Legacy

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Prince’s estate, which has been in flux since the artist’s death in 2016, has finally found structure by splitting into two distinct parts that will work together to distribute the artist’s music and explore other opportunities for extend the artist’s legacy. before.

In a formal court ruling on February 8, a Minnesota judge ruled against Primary Wave’s proposal to create a single holding company. Instead, the ruling split the six heirs into two camps, including the three siblings who sold their interests to Primary Wave in 2021, and the other three who kept their holdings.

Siblings are not required to “contribute their share to a business entity against their will”, according to Judge Kevin Eide’s ruling. “The heirs have waited almost six years to have some control over the development of Prince’s estate,” Judge Eide said. “The court will not, by choice, order that their share of the estate be assigned to a single holding company.”

Eide added, “It would not be fair for an heir to withhold his or her ascension to business opportunities that bind other heirs or diminish the value of estate assets. The court will require the management structure to be in place prior to the distribution.

In 2021, three of the six siblings have sold much of their legacy in the field to independent music publisher and talent management company Primary Wave. At the time of his death, Prince had no will in place, and his next heirs were his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings. Primary Wave made previous offers to heirs Sharon, Norrine and John Nelson, who declined.

Under the decision, the assets will be divided equally between the two parts of Prince’s estate, which was recently valued at $156.4 million. Both sides will now have a manageable structure to work together and capitalize on the artist’s music catalog.

Although the field has been fragmented since the artist’s death in 2016, he has still released several reissues and compilations of Prince’s catalog and can now explore more opportunities around merchandise and apparel, music and more. .

“For those who were close to Prince, we know he represented not only music but also independence and freedom,” said one of Prince’s brother and former lawyer’s advisers, L. Londell McMillan, in a statement. a statement. McMillan also touched on the timing of the artist’s 19th album, released following his departure from Warner Bros. Music in 1996. “It’s actually the 25th anniversary of ‘Emancipation’. I’m glad the court ruled in our favor on the Primary Wave plan.

McMillan added: “Our SNJLC [Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, L. Londell McMillan, Charles Spicer and the co-trustees of the John R. Nelson Revocable Trust] group represents Prince’s legacy, we have worked hard to help close the estate, and we look forward to managing the estate soon with all stakeholders to preserve his true legacy.

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