Love Claims Nirvana Lawsuits Resolved
Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love says she has resolved the lawsuits between herself and the surviving members of Nirvana, paving the way for the long-awaited release of rare Nirvana material. SpeakinKurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love says she has resolved the lawsuits between herself and the surviving members of Nirvana, paving the way for the long-awaited release of rare Nirvana material. Speaking this morning (Sept. 20) on "The Howard Stern Show," Love announced, "You'll get the new Nirvana record at Christmas. We love each other. We're getting along. We worked it all out." Asked by Stern why the case had finally been resolved, Love replied, "lots and lots and lots of money."
A spokesperson for Interscope, which will release the project, had not returned a call at deadline. It is not known if the label will issue a single-disc "greatest hits" album augmented with unreleased songs or a more comprehensive box set, which former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl had planned to release last year in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the band's breakthrough album, "Nevermind."
The parties have since been waging war against each other in the press and the courtroom, beginning when Love was granted an injunction against the box set's release by a Washington State Superior Court judge, on the grounds that the allegedly hit-worthy, previously unreleased song "You Know You're Right" belonged on a single-disc retrospective instead.
Grohl and Novoselic filed a countersuit against Love last December, and in April, the pair's request for Love to undergo a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation was rejected. But Novoselic recently told Billboard.com that things were calming down between the parties. As for the proposed content for the hits set, he said, "It's all safe. And that way the band wins, the estate wins, the fans win, everybody wins, so it's good will."
And while Love also said today she was "done with" her "other lawsuit," in an apparent reference to her contract dispute with Universal Music Group, her lawyer tells Billboard.com that both sides are "still talking." A trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, but was postponed until Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, Love said she had finished nine new songs for an as-yet-undetermined project. Beginning tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET, the artist will host MTV2 for 24 hours of live programming from the station's New York studios.
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