“Soft and Wet,” Prince's first-ever solo single, isn’t his most recognizable or celebrated record. As of this week, though, it’s the only Prince song for which you, an ordinary mortal, might be able to purchase rights to a co-writing credit. Chris Moon, a record producer and former owner of the Minneapolis studio where a teenage Prince recorded his first demo tape, is offering up his percentage of the “Soft and Wet” songwriting credits via eBay, the Star Tribune reports.
“Soft and Wet” is one of very few Prince songs to carry a non-Prince credit: Prince is its sole composer and performer, while both he and Moon are credited as lyricists. Owning a piece won’t come cheap, though. Moon is offering a buy-it-now price of $490,000, and prospective buyers can also make an offer. “I have enjoyed hearing the song countless times over the years, been paid well and am proud of it,” Moon wrote in his listing. “It has achieved everything and more for me so I feel it is time to pass the torch to a Prince fan who will continue to cherish and enjoy owning it as much as I have.”