It’s not often that Prince gets bad press because well, he’s Prince! But today…
…I’m hearing that he’s been sued for poaching Voice contestant Judith Hill
Okay, so I’ll be honest. When I first read the news I couldn’t help but become thrown off my rocker by the word “poach”. I’ve never heard it used in any other way that poaching animals for their skin like bad people do specifically with tigers & lions or killing elephants to get their ivory tusks. It’s certainly a heinous act that I won’t ever support, but how did the artist known as Prince “poach” someone?!
So upon further research, here’s the definition of poach from Google:
So now I see what they mean by Prince was “poaching” someone. Basically the word poach can be used to described people of value who are stolen away from someone who does not own any rights to them as seen in the trained workers example seen above.
Alright, let me take off my English teacher hat now and let us continue! HAHA
Prince has been sued by Jolene Cherry, a record producer who is claiming that he poached a former contestant from Season 4 of The Voice, Judith Hill.
Judith is an incredible singer and I know this to be true because she was chosen to sing a duet with Michael Jackson on his This Is It tour in 2009 and from seeing that concert movie several times now, I got to hear her sing with Michael in rehearsals! Their song together was “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and WOW what an incredible duo they were! Her voice just soared and I’m so happy to know that’s who that was! 🙂
Go here to watch their performance: [https://youtu.be/q8Hwp_xF_GY]
So now another legendary artist has shown interest in Judith and people who’ve been working with her for years in development are getting pretty angry!
Jolene Cherry slapped Prince with some papers saying that she heard it through the grapevine that he was holding recording sessions with Judith at his studio in Paisley Park and she wasn’t going to have him steal her away!
Miss Cherry signed Judith to The Cherry Party after The Voice concluded in 2013. The Cherry Party Jolene’s imprint through Sony and she’s been working for over a year developing Judith as a solo artist.
Sony Music was planning to release her debut album and Jolene feels that Prince was poaching Judith and interfering with the process of completing the album for The Cherry Party!
This lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County on Friday and claims that Judith asked for permission to record a joint album with Prince and was denied. Now let me just say that I’m unsure of whether she was interested in doing a Prince produced album or in doing an album with Prince of duets of them together…that’s up in the air for interpretation as far as I’m concerned!
Prince made a big no-no last week when he released Judith’s album “Back in Time” for free download with a link via Live Nation’s mailing list!
In the lawsuit, Jolene Cherry stated: “Judith Hill’s first album – Back in Time — is now out, but rather than cheering along with her, the people who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her career and album and worked to position Hill for her first release (as well as those who co-wrote many of the songs) are sitting dumbfounded on the sidelines while Prince gives away their investment for free.”
I cannot even imagine the anguish and disappointment of Judith’s team to have been taken over like this. Is this really all for the sake of Prince being her mentor and founder?…because he’s not!
Jolene wants to recoup her financial investment in Judith’s career and she is seeking punitive damages from Prince for making it “economically unfeasible for them to ever release Hill’s first album.”
And now go figure that Judith Hill has filed a lawsuit in New York Superior Court against Jolene! She’s claiming that she tried to smear her as an artist in national press! I mean, c’mon lady! You can like Prince all you want, but you have a record deal and you’re team said No, you can’t release your album with Prince!
I’m so stunned by the amount of unprofessionalism on both Judith’s part and Prince’s part! I honestly thought much higher of Prince before this lawsuit and now he’s gone down several notches 😦
Bottom line is, I want Prince to apologize, to pay Judith’s former team, and for Jolene Cherry to get more than enough money back for the pain and suffering Prince and Judith put her through! I think this whole thing is OUTRAGEOUS!
Judith, you’re an amazing singer, but don’t make a mistake like this again.