*Prince is being sued by a producer who claims that he poached her recording artist and secretly put out an album, reports TMZ.
Jolene Cherry, a producer who discovered Lady Gaga, teamed with Sony to give an exclusive recording deal to Judith Hill, the singer in “This Is It” who duets with Michael Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and a 2013 finalist on “The Voice.”
According to TMZ, Sony and Cherry heard rumblings that Hill was meeting with Prince for a recording session. They warned her to stop earlier this month, only to learn that she and Prince recorded an entire album — 11 songs — and released it Monday as a free Internet download.
Over the weekend, Hill, herself, tweeted that she had finished her debut album, “Back in Time,” later inviting press to a first listen at Prince’s Paisley Park studios in Minneapolis.
On Tuesday, Prince used Live Nation’s database to share the album for free through Wednesday — along with this message and photo:
Sorry 2 bother U.
Just wanted 2 send U this
baby picture of Judith Hill with Her 1st piano.
Loox like her parents, who r also musicians- had a plan.
Well, that plan succeeded.
This is Judith Hill’s debut album BACK IN TIME.
Please spend some time with this music and then share it with someone U love.
Sony and Cherry are now going after Prince in court, seeking punitive damages.