Prince in legal battle after releasing former The Voice contestant’s album for free

The Purple One allegedly sued for interfering in singer's recording contract

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Prince may be looking to defend himself in a lawsuit brought against him in LA’s Superior Court on Friday. The allegation is that he distributed an album by a former contestant on The Voice, Judith Hill, earlier this week without authorisation.

Prince sent out an email earlier this week which included a link to a free download of Judith Hill’s album, writing “Please spend some time with this music and then share it with someone U love.”

Jolene Cherry, talent scout who claims to have discovered Lady Gaga, is pinpointing the blame on the musical legend for allegedly interfering in Hill’s exclusive contractual relationship with Sony and The Cherry Party, and having a negative impact on the album’s success by releasing it for free digitally.

Judith Hill appeared on The Voice in 2013 and it’s claimed that Cherry partnered with Sony to sign her exclusively as part of a four-album deal. They heard rumours she had met with Prince to write and claim to have warned her against it earlier this month but then discovered she had written an 11-track album with him.

The lawsuit dictates: “The Cherry Party is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, that Hill and Prince boldly and inexplicably ignored these warnings (and the law) and continued to proceed. Indeed, not only did Hill and Prince finish an album of 11 songs, but they also played that music for a group of reporters and then proceeded to release it on the Internet as a free digital download.”

Cherry is seeking punitive damages for making it “economically unfeasible for them to ever release Hill’s ‘first album’ or their recordings of songs … which Hill had already recorded for The Cherry Party.”