Stressed-out social media users regularly muse over which musicians they would resurrect if that were possible outside of a passion play. When a Russian journalist who was allegedly shot and killed in Kiev, Ukraine, last month showed up alive at a press conference on May 30, one Twitter user loudly wrote, “DO DAVID BOWIE NEXT.”
For one Yukon man using the music distribution site TuneCore, the legendary and sadly deceased superstar Prince is alive and well — and taking him to court.
According to The Oklahoman, Prince’s estate is suing Phil Shadid for committing copyright infringement by posting videos featuring music from Prince’s early ’80s lingerie-rocking protégés Vanity 6.
Like nearly all projects that emanated from the court of Prince, 1982’s Vanity 6 was written, produced and performed entirely by Prince except the lead vocals and some of the harmonies. Now, why would anyone bother to bootleg a 36-year-old album that only produced one major hit, “Nasty Girl,” and barely edged into the Billboard top 50? Well, unlike Prince’s canonic catalog, Vanity 6 and its Vanity-free follow-up, 1984’s Apollonia 6, are not available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes or anywhere else except used record stores or maybe a shoebox under your dad’s bed.
Much like CD Baby, TuneCore is a service that helps independent musicians distribute their music to the aforementioned streaming and downloading services. So was this an end-run around Prince’s estate to release steamy electro-funk by a long-disbanded trio comprised of two of Prince’s girlfriends and his “wardrobe mistress” to Spotify and Apple Music? We at Chicken-Fried News have experienced the pain of trying to create an all-encompassing Prince Paisley Universe (PPU) playlist but not being able to locate “Nasty Girl” or even “Sex Shooter.” But now, TuneCore has taken down the Vanity 6 videos and Shadid just got glam-slammed.