Soundgarden Regain Control of Social Media Accounts in "Temporary" Agreement with Vicky Cornell
"The agreement marks a productive first step towards healing and open dialogue"
Published Jun 16, 2021Months after Soundgarden claimed an ongoing legal dispute with Chris Cornell's widow led their social media accounts to be "hijacked," the band have reached a "temporary" agreement with Vicky Cornell to regain control of their online presence.
A statement shared by the band reads that "effective June 15, 2021, [Vicky Cornell and the band] have come to a temporary agreement that will transfer the Soundgarden social media accounts and website to the band's remaining members, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd and their managers, Red Light Management."
The statement adds that the agreement "marks a productive first step towards healing and open dialogue, and the parties wish for the social media accounts to celebrate the Band's accomplishments and music while continuing to honor Chris' legacy."
In a statement shared with Billboard, Vicky Cornell said: "Through our joint social media efforts and our temporary agreement, my family, along with the surviving members of Soundgarden, hope to celebrate Chris and his music out of mutual respect and love. We all recognize the profound pain caused by Chris's tragic loss and the path it has taken us down."
In February, Vicky Cornell alleged that Soundgarden's three surviving members fielded a "lowball" offer of $300,000 USD for the late vocalist's cut of a potential sale of their master recordings. In response, Soungarden's surviving members claimed that "all offers to buy out our interests have been unsolicited and rejected outright."
A 2019 lawsuit from Cornell saw her claim that Soundgarden's surviving members were withholding "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in royalty payments that are "indisputably owed" to the late frontman's family.