Prince Sued For Releasing Album With Voice Alum Judith Hill
Prince is being sued for allegedly stealing the services of Judith Hill, a former contestant on “The Voice” who recorded an album with Prince and released it earlier this week. The problem, according to a label called “The Cherry Party,” is that Hill had allegedly signed an exclusive recording contract with producer Jolene Cherry before she made the album with Prince.
After Hill broke out on “The Voice” in 2013, Cherry, the producer who helped discover Lady Gaga, took an interest in her singing and claims she signed her to a deal. On Monday, Hill and Prince released an 11-song album for free online. Now Cherry is suing Prince for damages. But there’s much more to this story.
Hill’s attorney, Peter Haviland, notes, “Judith is an independent artist, not bound by contract to anyone.” Haviland says in a statement to Gossip Cop that Cherry’s “lawsuit is crazy,” adding, “Prince has done absolutely nothing wrong. Judith Hill was and is absolutely free to perform her music as she has done… It is a shame that Prince has been dragged into this insanity, but Judith Hill will not be deterred from performing her music by the likes of some Jolene Cherry.”
It’s not the first time Hill has made headlines. During the enormous controversy over the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy The Interview, Hill recorded a tongue-in-cheek love song to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, jokingly expressing her affection for the leader with Franco-centric lines like, “You’re so arresting, and I could wait here 127 Hours, it’s true / And if This Is The End, and then the credits roll / There’s only one Oscar, and baby it goes to you.” Hill has a real knack for provocation.