According to a story in the Hollywood Reporter, Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics sued the teeniest rock star back in 2008 after he reneged on a deal to promote the scent; now a judge has ordered the reclusive musician to cough up damages to the company.
The perfume company stated in the lawsuit that: "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."
Prince, who was also supposed to give out free samples of the scent at his shows, now has to pay the company's out-of-pocket losses of $3,948,798.58. (And don't you DARE forget that 58 cents... jeesh talk about micro-managing an awarded amount). However, he doesn't have to stump for lost profits and "punitive damages" as there was no evidence that the artist acted with "malicious intent."
As THR notes, “Throughout the years, Prince has made a series of unique moves in the music industry, from the changing his name to the way he bundled the sale of albums with concert tickets.
“On 3121, which became the first Prince album to debut atop the Billboard 200, the musician again made a highly interesting arrangement: Tying an album with a scent and clueing Universal Music Publishing Group into 50 percent of the perfume profits. Revelations made the licensing agreement with Universal, with an expectation that Prince would perform for them.”
Honestly, this whole thing (forgive me) smells kind of funny. While I completely understand artists seeking new ways of promoting their music and leveraging corporate deals to help do that, perfume just doesn’t seem like an obvious fit with Prince. Clothing maybe - or even a line of bed linens given his saucy lyrics - but fragrance? Based on the number 3121... or maybe the hyper-sexual nature of the material?
Am I missing something here?
To be sure, though, Prince isn’t the only artist stumping for stuff:
Rocker launches own line of coffee
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ZZ Top guitarist launches BBQ sauce (yum!)