Jay Z's Roc Nation Wanted To Manage Prince's Music, Court Documents Show

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Prince performs on stage at Meadowbank Stadium on July 29, 1993 in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Court documents show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death.

The documents stem from a dispute between Prince's record company and Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal, which is playing out in both state and federal court in Minnesota.

The trust company overseeing Prince's estate says the dispute belongs only in federal court, where PRN Records is suing Roc Nation for copyright infringement for making a large part of Prince's catalog available to its subscribers, allegedly without permission.

A closed hearing is set for Thursday (Dec. 8) in Carver County probate court. Roc Nation has not formally responded to the copyright lawsuit, which NPG Records filed last month.


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