Morris Day claimed in an Instagram post Thursday that the late singer Prince’s estate prevents him from using the Morris Day & The Time name.
“I’ve spent 40 years of my life building a name and legacy that Prince and I dreamed up,” Day wrote in the social media post.
Day said he had no problem using the name during Prince’s lifetime.
“But now this Prince is no more Over here, the people who control his multi-million dollar estate suddenly want to rewrite history by taking my name away from me and using it to affect how I support my family. As of now, according to Prince Estate, [I] can no longer use Morris Day & The Time in any way,” the post said.
A representative of the estate denied Day’s position.
“Given Prince’s longstanding association with Morris Day and the Estate’s views on friendly talks, The Prince Estate was surprised and disappointed to see his latest post. The Estate stands ready to proactively work with Morris to resolve this matter. However, the information he has shared is not entirely accurate,” the representative wrote in a statement to The Post.
Prince formed The Time in 1981. The group had hits like “Cool”, “The Bird” and “Jungle Love” and the band was part of his 1984 film “Purple Rain”.
Day’s post isn’t the first time there has been controversy over the group’s name.
2011 formed the band, which includes hit producers Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHe tried to put out an album, “Condensate”. Prince, who retained the rights to the band’s name, “didn’t have them released as ‘The Time,’ so they recorded and performed as the original 7ven instead,” he said The Star Tribune reported.
“Everything’s kinda crazy,” Day said the Star Tribune. “This caused a storm of response. I don’t want to talk about it now. There will come a time when it is appropriate to speak up.”
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