Hearing Postponed In Love/UMG Case
A hearing yesterday (Aug. 20) in the contract-dispute case between Courtney Love and Universal Music Group (UMG) was postponed at the request of lawyers for both sides, who wish to continue settlementA hearing yesterday (Aug. 20) in the contract-dispute case between Courtney Love and Universal Music Group (UMG) was postponed at the request of lawyers for both sides, who wish to continue settlement talks, Billboard Bulletin reports. If no agreement can be reached, the case will go to trial Sept. 3 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Love's lawyer, Barry Cappello, and representatives UMG declined comment.
Love is attempting to break her contract with Universal. She has delivered only two of the seven albums she promised when she signed with Geffen Records in 1992. Geffen was later sold to MCA, and after subsequent corporate shuffling, Love found herself signed with UMG, the world's biggest record company. She is among a number of recording artists seeking to break contracts and have the freedom to negotiate less restrictive deals to capitalize on their success.
In May, a UMG spokesperson said the case has been whittled down to a "garden variety" contractual dispute that "pales" in comparison to a separate suit filed by the company against the recently disbanded Hole for undelivered albums.
Love's legal war continues over control of the music her late husband Kurt Cobain made with Nirvana. Earlier this week, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic told Billboard.com "there's actually good will going on right now" between himself, Love, and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, potentially paving the way for the release of a long-delayed Nirvana boxed set.