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Soundgarden, Chris Cornell's Estate Reach Settlement On Unreleased Music

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Soundgarden and Chris Cornell's estate have settled the dispute over the studio album the band was working on prior to Cornell's death, paving the way for the record's eventual release.

"Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Estate of Chris Cornell, are happy to announce that have reached an amicable out-of-court resolution," both parties announced Monday via a joint-statement shared on social media. "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."

The statement added that Soundgarden and Chris's widow "are united" in their effort to build upon Soundgarden's legacy.

Chris died in 2017. Two-and-a-half years later, his widow sued Soundgarden and accused the band of withholding royalties owed to his estate. The band countersued the following year.

A major point of contention between the two parties was songwriting credit on the band's latest material — seven songs that would have been included on a follow-up to 2012's King Animal LP.

According to Rolling Stone, the credit questions have been sorted, with Chris earning sole writing credit on songs "Cancer" and "Stone Age Mind"; sharing credit with drummer Matt Cameron on "Road Less Traveled," "Orphans" and "At Ophian's Door"; sharing credit with guitarist Kim Thayil on "Ahead of the Dog"; and sharing credit with bassist Ben Shepherd on "Merrmas."

It is unclear when the new music will be released.

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