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Primary Wave Publishing Owns Almost Half Of Prince’s Estate

Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida February 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES) - RTR1M042

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Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL’s Super Bowl XLI football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida February 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES) – RTR1M042

Prince’s siblings sold their 42% stake of their brother’s estate to the firm Primary Wave according to Billboard Magazine.

Music publishing powerhouse Primary Wave has quietly acquired a large stake in Prince’s estate.

Primary Wave had previously cut deals for rights from two of Prince’s other heirs, buying 90 percent of his sister Tyka Nelson’s stake and 100 percent of late half brother Alfred Jackson’s. As part of the deals, Primary Wave will get a stake in Prince’s royalties from his masters as well as a portion of his writer’s share, name and likeness and famous Paisley Park property.

Primary Wave now owns a stake in royalties from Prince’s masters in addition to his earnings as a songwriter, his name and likeness, along with his Paisley Park property. With a controlling interest of 42%, Primary Wave becomes the largest single-interest holder in the late icon’s estate.

The remaining interest is split between the three oldest siblings of Prince’s six siblings: Sharon, Norrine, and John.

“All we have to do is pay the IRS and pay the Minnesota taxes,” said Sharon Nelson. “I don’t see any problem.”

The addition of Prince‘s catalog now joins a hefty repertory of legacy catalogs under the Primary Wave umbrella. Notably, the firm also controls shares in estates of other late legends such as Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, and Bob Marley.

“Prince is in the highest echelon of artists. It’s very hard to imagine an artist more interesting to Primary Wave than Prince,” said Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel.

Prince’s estate still remains in probate as none of the heirs have received any distribution of assets. Administered through Comerica Bank & Trust, the probate is expected to come to an end as early as the end of the year.