For $490,000 You Can Buy A Co-Writing Credit On Prince’s “Soft and Wet”
Love Prince? Want to own a piece of his work? Chris Moon is offering up his percentage of the Purple One’s “Soft and Wet” via eBay.
Hardcore Prince musicologists know the background behind the musician’s first-ever solo single, “Soft and Wet”. It was one of the very few songs in his extensive catalog to carry a non-Prince credit. While the Minneapolis icon was the song’s sole composer and performer, he shared lyricist credit with Chris Moon, a record producer and former owner of the studio where a teenage Prince recorded his first demo tape. Now, Moon is offering up his percentage of the “Soft and Wet” songwriting credits to one lucky sexy muthafucka via eBay.
For only $490,000.
Sheesh, that’s a lot of bread and potatoes. Prospective buyers can make an offer, but it sounds like this opportunity won’t come cheap. “I have enjoyed hearing the song countless times over the years, been paid well and am proud of it,” Moon wrote in his listing. “It has achieved everything and more for me so I feel it is time to pass the torch to a Prince fan who will continue to cherish and enjoy owning it as much as I have.” While all that sounds good and well, you won’t actually get to tell anyone that you worked with the “Purple Rain” talent. Add in the devalued songwriting royalties, the rise of music streaming and Prince’s own publishing and licensing rights, and you have yourself a pretty convoluted situation going on.
“Anyone who buys this probably shouldn’t be doing it for financial purposes,” Moon told the Star Tribune. “It’s more about owning one of the most unique collectibles ever related to Prince.” In fact, Moon admitted as much, saying that he made more money when MC Hammer sampled it for his own “She’s Soft and Wet” in 1990 than when it first came out and charted at no. 92.
With only some inquiries, but no serious offers, you still might have a chance to get your hands on this rare collectible… if you can pony up the do-re-mi.
SOURCE: Star Tribune