Frontman Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky sues his former Soundgarden bandmates over missing royalties

Vicky claims the band is trying to strong arm the family into releasing Chris' demos

Vicky Cornell, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s widow, is suing her late husband’s former bandmates over missing royalties, according to TMZ and Pitchfork.

The complaint reveals that the suit is in reference to seven previously unreleased songs, in addition to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in royalty payments “indisputable owed” to Vicky and their children.

Vicky’s attorneys claim that the lack of payments is a result of Soundgarden members attempting to “strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.” While Cornell’s former bandmates claim they were “working on the files in a collaborative effort,” the complaint argues that the recordings were “solely authored by Chris, contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris’ estate.”

Vicky Cornell has addressed the case in an Instagram post, which you can read below.
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I have been taking time these past few weeks to be grateful for all the good people around me and for those who have lifted me up at the very worst times in my life. The silver lining, during the storm, is finding and appreciating the subtle glow of those who sincerely support you in your life unconditionally. However, sometimes while you grieve the one you physically lost, you realize that you must now grieve the loss of some of those you considered friends and family as well. I am shocked at how often this occurs. It’s not just me, or the rock-star widow, or the political widow; it is the case for the vast majority of women after their partners have passed. It transcends socio-economic class, race, and religion. It is an unpleasant and unfortunately all too common theme. Hard-hearted family members, friends, and business associates; who will exploit a widow’s vulnerability when she’s broken and alone. These other people who have decided that her time is up as well. Through support groups and other widowed friends, and during both difficult and supportive conversations, I have learned that I am not a unique case. This seems to be the inevitable plight of the widow in this world and I cannot help feeling angry, sad and betrayed. I will not be bullied or shamed into silence. I will not accept something so wrong, so lacking in compassion or decency, even with the clear but unspoken threat of social rejection hanging over me. This was not the way I would have chosen to move forward. But I will not be pushed aside for someone else’s convenience or gain. I will not sacrifice our children’s futures for someone else’s greed. And I will not let someone else make me feel shame because the man I loved was taken from all of us too soon. I will do justice by my husband’s work and memory; for our children and for everything we stood for. I want to thank everyone who has stood by Chris and has supported us through this devastating time. Your love and your kindness will never be forgotten. #chriscornell forever 🖤

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In an attempt to get access to the recordings, the band has allegedly “resorted to pressure tactics, harassment, unlawful conversion of royalties, and extortion,” on top of “callously [agitating] the [b]and’s rabid fan base” in implying that Vicky is blocking the release of new tunes. Vicky has also claimed that stalkers have “threatened the safety” of Cornell’s family, and the FBI have had to interject.