If the widow loses the legal fight she just started, then the majority of the money from the unreleased tracks will go to the ex, rather than the widow.
Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky sues Soundgarden: Details
TMZ broke the news on Dec. 9, revealing that Vicky is claiming that the surviving members of Soundgarden are, as TMZ writes, “withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties owed to her and Chris’ minor children.”
Vicky’s accused the band of an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.” The singer died by suicide at 52 following a Detroit concert with Soundgarden in May 2017.
In court documents obtained by TMZ, Vicky claims there is a dispute over seven tracks she says were “solely authored by Chris; contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris’ Estate.”
Band members, TMZ reports, dispute Vicky’s claim and insist that they and Chris had been “working on the files in a collaborative effort.” In a letter to Vicky, they said, in part, “The entire band was feeling very positive about their rekindled artistic energy and creativity” before the music star’s tragic death. The musicians also listed some members as co-songwriters with Chris on five of the seven tracks in question.
According to Vicky, she’s open to sharing the recordings with the band so that, as TMZ writes, “they can be released in a way that respects Chris’ wishes — including having his producer involved,” but Vicky claims the band has refused her offer.
Vicky further lashed out at Soundgarden lead guitarist Kim Thayil: She’s accused him of, as TMZ writes, “putting her family in harm’s way by suggesting [Vicky is] the main obstacle to Soundgarden putting out another album.” Court docs further claim Vicky believes that Kim knows Chris worked on the seven songs by himself. – Source