Mr. Purple Rain Is Being Sued

Prince is being sued by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics, Inc., makers of 3121, the 2007 fragrance named after and inspired by his 2006 album.

Revelations has sued Prince and Universal Music Publishing Group for $100,000, claiming he and his record company failed to help promote the fragrance.

The suit was filed earlier this week in New York State Supreme Court. Revelations licensed Prince’s name and likeness to create 3121 and another fragrance due out in 2009. According to court documents, Revelations put out more than $2.5 million for said privilege and promised to give Universal a 50 percent cut of the proceeds, and in return Prince was supposed to be available for marketing purposes.

“Since July 2007, despite repeated attempts by Revelations there have been virtually no communications from anyone who could commit to or coordinate any promotional efforts by Prince,” the suit states.

Responding to the suit, which its legal team had not yet seen, Universal issued a statement calling the plaintiff’s claims “completely without merit.”

James Hicks

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