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Opinion:Why Are The #Prince Accomplishments Not Acknowledged?

Prince in universe

It is becoming increasingly clear that the accomplishments of Prince are being grossly overlooked or worse, ignored by those in the position of providing him with the recognition he deserves.

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Prince at Montreux

An example of this is, the fact that, despite the fact he has written so many songs over time, (not just Purple Rain), he has not been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Yet,  Jay-Z , who does not have half the catalog of original, succesful and published songs compared to Prince, has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prince has 39 albums with his own original compositions, songs which contain beautiful and meaningful lyrics as well as music which is all composed by Prince. Yet, they ignore him as well as the petition which seeks to have him properly honored. https://www.change.org/p/the-songwriters-hall-of-fame-prince-is-music-induct-prince-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame

prince holding guitar 25But it is not just the Songwriters Hall of Fame, there are others, including Barack Obama, who, while president, had the opportunity to bestow the ‘Medal of Freedom’ to Prince, but failed to do so. Prince, by far merited the Medal of Freedom equally with persons such as Ellen Degeneres.  People point to “courage” but fail to note the courage it took for Prince to take a stand against the record industry and it’s treatment of artist. That was his livelihood, yet he not only had the courage to take a stand, he also won the fight! Also, he should have been granted the award based upon his philanthropy, activism, and generosity.  Most of his philanthropic actions were performed with the understanding that they would not be publicized. But, after his passing, when those activities were revealed, the amounts of his generosity remain unsurpassed. (You can find the list here: https://www.change.org/p/designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark/u/17626949) Clearly, this warranted Prince being awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously.

And then there is the Prince estate. First, it was Bremer, who as administrator for the estate, refused to even meet with the Minnesota Historical Society regarding their attempt to designate Paisley Park and his other properties as a Minnesota Historical sites. And, when contacted by parties who are seeking to make Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark, the response by one of the Bremer reps was: “We’re not marketing it as a Historical Landmark.” Excuse me? Marketing? Seriously? The audacity of that person to use the term “marketing” when approached as to preserving a legacy was not only outrageous, but also unconscionable. Suffice it to say, that, although no longer in charge of the Prince estate, Bremer remains currently embroiled and embattled as to some of the financial choices which were made  during their tenure, but the truth is, that, at no point, did they consider anything which would preserve the legacy of Prince, only that which would earn money.

Then there is Paisley Park, being managed by Graceland Holdings, who only seem to seek to profit from Prince’s legacy, but not to actually preserve Paisley Park.

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Paisley Park

Lastly, there are the heirs, who, instead of trying to bolster and preserve the legacy of their brother, appear to be attempting to create a legacy of their own, based solely upon their relationship to Prince via the music industry and/or covering Prince songs. And yet, they do not have the time to invest in even discussions with those attempting to preserve his legacy via lobbying ‘Kennedy Honors’, Songwriters Hall of Fame’ or those who are attempting to have Paisley Park and other sites  designated as historical landmarks, hence preserving one of his greatest legacies! They appear to only want to increase their personal bottom line and if they will obtain no money, then they have zero interest. We also now know that the alleged shady deals made during the Bremer tenure were, (if not directly), approved to move forward via lack of opposition.  Paisley Park, has always paid for itself, and can continue to do so, if indeed, there is the Prince new 2appropriate and qualified attention to detail and respect that Prince and his fans deserve. After all, Paisley Park is indeed within the hearts of his fans, and it is the fans of Prince who supported him throughout his career who actually paid for Paisley Park.

Yet of course, hats off and much respect to those who are actually attempting to preserve and protect the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson who warrant mentions such as: PRNAlumni who are focusing on the continuation of Prince’s awesome charitable work;  @PurpleLegacy who continue to persist in their efforts to have Paisley Park designated as a National Historic Landmark; The Minnesota Historical Society, working to name Paisley Park as a Minnesota Historical site; the Prince watchdog group, PurpleOutcry.org, who work tirelessly to make certain that Prince’s legacy retains the respect it deserves,as well as protect that legacy; the Department of the Interior under the Obama administration who worked with Minnesota Historical society; and most of all to the fans of Prince, a really super-smart and loyal group of people who stand as gatekeepers to the memory and legacy of Prince.

So the question remains: Why are the accomplishments of Prince not acknowledged? The question itself is as perplexing as the lack of answers appear to be.

Prince at NPG festival 2011

Prince 2011 at NPG Festival

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Opinion: The Prince Estate – It’s Time To Say What We See

Yes, it is time to say what we see. And what do we see? We see allegations levied against the former estate representative, Bremer Trust. We see within those allegations, accusations of fraud, and for the most part, towards former entertainment adviser for Prince’s estate via Bremer Trust, Londell McMillan and his counterpart,  Charles Koppleman . And in those two, we see what are  allegedly attempts to personally profit off of  Prince Rogers Nelson. We see deals made in which they received commissions per deal, and now the same deals are the subject of litigation against the estate. We see allegations of money due the estate which was not given to them. Yes, it is time to say what we see.

First of all, it should be made clear that Londell McMillan was an employee of Prince Rogers Nelson, in his capacity as an attorney. Lest anyone be unsure, Prince was not one to allow anyone to take the full reins of  his business matters, and that is evident via the way he managed all of his businesses – he was ‘hands-on’.  McMillan claims he was a friend of Prince, and maybe he believes that, but did Prince? We would have to ask the question as to why Prince allegedly fired him and banned him from his life in 2014. But, after Prince died, it appears as if McMillan used the prior relationship to attain a profit-driven seat at the table as an entertainment adviser for Bremer Trust. Most were happy to see him, since they assumed he would be working in the best interest of Prince’s estate.  However, apparently, the results have been disastrous for the estate as the estate has put forward allegations of fraud and mismanagement.

                                                     McMillan and the Tribute

The first issue is the Prince Tribute, which McMillan supervised. The heirs allege that money from the tribute due to the estate was never paid. McMillan denies the allegations.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/prince-siblings-decry-mismanagement-tribute-183140682.html

The promoter at the time, JobuPresents, LLC., has filed a lawsuit, alleging fraud and misrepresentation by McMillan, Koppleman, and Bremer Trust. You can read all of the allegations in detail here:

http://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PrinceEstate.pdf

And in a secretly tape recorded conversation, apparently those claims although pending in litigation, have become credible.

http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/CIOMediaLibrary/Documents/Affidavit-of-Vaughn-Millette.pdf

It is also alleged that McMillan and Koppleman advised the promoter that he would have to make a 2 million dollar donation to Paisley Park in order to have the right to promote the tribute, which appears to be untrue, since Paisley Park is a for-profit museum. At this point it is unclear as to whom actually received the money or what happened to it. But it is alleged that the money was loaned to the promoter so that he could pay the estate. In light of this information, the  heirs have alleged fraud by McMillan, Koppleman and Bremer Trust. And in spite of all of this, McMillan  has announced his plans for yet another tribute, however it is doubtful that the family will provide their endorsement.

                                                   McMillan and the Universal Deal

The second issue is the deal with Universal, which McMillan and Koppleman both personally received commissions.

 “The two men earned a 10% commission on the deals they were able to complete during their tenure, netting                  each man about $1.5 million on the recorded-music deal, which was led by Mr. McMillan, according to  people familiar with the matter.  It isn’t clear what would happen to their payouts if the  recorded-music  agreement with Universal was voided. ” –  Morningstar.com

However, that deal is now going south fast due to the apparent and alleged failure to properly research the rights, with Universal claiming that they did not get what they thought they were getting in the deal. Misrepresentation? And by whom? It is currently also pending litigation, which may entangle the estate for years.

http://news.morningstar.com/all/dow-jones/us-markets/201704141893/winner-of-rights-to-princes-music-fears-it-was-shortchanged.aspx

                                     McMillan and Prior Questionable Conduct

Research of public records indicate a pattern of behavior by McMillan as to accounting irregularities, and his responses have seemed to always include excuses and/or  accusing others of fabricating charges against him.Yet in a major civil case against a law firm at which, McMillan was the head of the entertainment division, the judge said:

““[McMillan] was at times unwilling to accept what was plain on the face of documents and seemed to me  to have convinced himself of a version of events which was inconsistent with the contemporaneous record.”,  Justice         Andrew Popplewell wrote. “I did not feel able to rely on his evidence where it was in dispute and not supported by a document.”

Although McMillan continued  to deny these allegations, his legal attempts against Barclays only resulted in his case being dismissed. He is now denying the allegations brought forward against him by the heirs to the Prince estate and feigning ignorance of any fraudulent activities.

                                                          Opinion: What we see

What we see is a person, who was no longer a friend of Prince, attempting to profit off  of his death, and using Prince fans as if they are a source for his personal profit. For he has announced that he is planning yet another tribute, while the income from the other tribute is being questioned by Prince’s heirs ,and while practically all he and Koppleman touched resulting in litigation and  costly to Prince’s estate. McMillan has clearly been personally enriched by millions of dollars.

It is our opinion that McMillan only saw Prince’s death as a financial opportunity for himself. He tweets that anyone who speaks against him is guilty of ‘hating’ and ‘gossip’. But there is a consistent pattern of behavior that is troubling and disturbing, along with his failure to disclose to Prince fans that he was allegedly fired by Prince and allegedly was no longer considered by Prince to be a friend. These points are important to Prince fans, who will not tolerate or accept the abuse of the legacy of Prince. And, for purposes of full disclosure, Prince siblings disagree upon McMillan as all but two of them are continuing to allow him to represent them in the estate. That too, is troubling, that they cannot see the destructive pattern of behavior that is historically accurate prior to Prince’s death and subsequent to his death. However, when a motion was filed  to have McMillan continue on after Bremer Trust was no longer in charge, but after a review of the information in front of him, the probate  judge denied that request.  Yet McMillan continues to hold on to what he may be viewing as future profit. It should be noted that the request for Van Jones was also denied, but not based upon any prior contact and conduct within the estate.

We see an estate and a family that has been besieged with dubious claims and exorbitant legal fees charged to the estate. We see a future of legal entanglements which may keep the estate tied up in court for years. But the most egregious issue is that of McMillan, who apparently was not properly vetted by Bremer Trust. Had he been vetted properly, perhaps the estate would not be in the position of having to aggressively seek redress in the courts for money which they assert is due to the estate by someone who claims to have been a friend of Prince, and claims to “love” Prince, while all the while responding to the questions and allegations with the term “haters”. Those heirs who have filed claims and objections in the court are indeed alleging fraud and mis-management.

It is our opinion that the damage being caused by the alleged conduct of Mr. McMillan. et.al is itself a form of hating the legacy of Prince.  Prince fans should  proceed with caution when it comes to anything which is sponsored by McMillan and stay true to the adage of ‘Buyer Beware“.  The links below provide detailed information as to all of the above.

http://www.courthousenews.com/princes-estate/

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/04/21/prince-tribute-concert-held-last-year-sparks-new.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-09/barclays-wins-dewey-loan-case-against-michael-jackson-lawyer

http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/barclays-wins-landmark-loan-case-against-ex-dewey-partner-6696791/

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