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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two Princes and One King Involved in Breach of Contract Suits

PrinceFirst, as reported in eflux Media here, Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics is suing the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as "Prince" (now, just Prince again -- pictured), as well as his music publisher, Universal. The perfume company alleges that Prince and Universal have failed to live up to their contractual obligations to promote two fragrances released in conjunction with Prince's 2006 studio recording, "3121." According to Revelations, the company spent $2.5 million developing the scents and agreed to pay Universal half the profits from the products in return for Prince's and Universal's efforts to promote them. Those efforts have been lacking according to Revelations. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Prince has been reluctant to promote the products because he feared hearing calls of "Hey, Prince, 3121 stinks!!"

In other princely news, Google News reports that a Bahraini prince is suing King of Pop, Michael Jackson, alleging a $7 million breach of contract. Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, second son of the King of Bahrain, alleges that he loaned Mr. Jackson money when Jackson was having liquidity problems during and after his child molestation trial in 2005. Mr. Jackson apparently construed the cash infusions as gifts. In the alternative, Google News reports that Mr. Jackson is alleging the affirmative defenses of mistake, misrepresentation and undue influence. In happier times, the Prince and the King had a "close personal relationship" and collaborated on a song. The Prince wrote the song and Mr. Jackson recorded it. The song was to be released as a charity single intended to raise money for the victims of the 2004 tsunami. Instead, that recording is now slated to have its debut as a trial exhibit.

[Jeremy Telman]

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