“Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Estate of Chris Cornell, are happy to announce they have reached an amicable out of court resolution,” the two sides said in a statement. “The reconciliation marks a new partnership between the two parties, which will allow Soundgarden fans around the world to hear the final songs that the band and Chris were working on.”
No details of the agreement were released, and no court documents declaring that a deal had been reached have been filed in court. An email seeking details from Soundgarden’s lawyers was not immediately returned.
Chris Cornell made the seven disputed recordings in his Miami Beach home studio in the months before his death in May 2017 after a Soundgarden concert in Detroit, according to the lawsuit, whose defendants included the band’s guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd.
It alleged the band was denying hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from Vicky Cornell and the couple’s two children.
In 2021, Cornell’s family settled a different lawsuit against a doctor they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before his death, which was ruled a suicide.
Soundgarden was founded in 1984, and broke nationally during the rise of Seattle’s grunge music scene in the late ‘80s and early ’90s. Their best-known songs include ‘Black Hole Sun’, ‘Jesus Christ Pose’, ‘Outshined’ and ‘Spoonman’. Cornell was also part of the bands Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.
“The two parties are united and coming together to propel, honor and build upon Soundgarden’s incredible legacy,” the statement said, “as well as Chris’s indelible mark on music history as one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists of all time.”
Cornell is also known for singing the soundtrack ‘You Know My Name’ for Daniel Craig’s debut movie as James Bond in ‘Casino Royale’.