Prince songwriting credit up for sale

Prince songwriting credit up for sale

In the world of music, there have been few artists as prolific and successful as the late Prince.

In 1976, the Minneapolis producer Chris Moon helped Prince record his first demo tape, co-writing three of the four tracks including Soft and Wet.

Chris Moon received a co-writing credit for the lyrics of Soft and Wet, which appeared on Prince's debut album, For You, and he's now auctioning ownership of his half of the song on eBay.

Titled "Co-own a Prince song with Prince!", Moon's eBay listing explained his reasons for selling: "I have enjoyed hearing the song countless times over the years, been paid well and am proud of it". If you love Prince and his music I can not imagine anything better than co-owning his first hit song with him. The recording attracted interest from labels, including Warner Bros, with whom Prince would ultimately sign. When he was getting ready to release his first album with Warner Brothers, we signed a song royalty agreement in which we equally shared in the writing credits of the song. "He have been sharing in the royalties of that song over all these years. and still do". "Nobody has ever done anything like this before that I know of, so I understand why some people don't believe it".

See, when MC Hammer released his 1990 album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt "Em (y'know, the one with "U Can't Touch This"), it included a tune called 'She's Soft And Wet", which heavily sampled Prince's original.

Yesterday, Chris Moon posted an unusual listing on eBay, offering up his portion of the legal rights to "Soft and Wet" for $490,000.

However, this doesn't necessarily mean you'll be making a mint. Moon told the Star Tribune that he made more money from MC Hammer's version than the original: "Anyone who buys this probably shouldn't be doing it for financial purposes".