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As Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love inherited one of the most lucrative song catalogues from the 90s.
But due to a few lawsuits, the Hole singer lost a considerable amount of that music money.
"I lost about $27 million."
"I know that's a lifetime of money to most people, but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go. I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now."
Man, it's gotta be tough to say Nevermind to that much money! Maybe Courtney can make peace with it more easily because it means also saying goodbye to drugs. She says:
"I had to run very fast to look after my money and I felt cocaine helped me do that. So I started taking cocaine and that turned into nine months of crack."
Mo' money, mo' drug problems? Eesh, we're glad she's doing better now!
But any money trouble Courtney has in the future will likely be less about drugs or legal issues, and more about integrity.
Courtney says she has kept her late husband's music safe from oversaturation in a market that's willing to pay big bucks for Nirvana songs. She says:
"I've protected it [the Nirvana catalogue] from everything from Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials to movies about board games. We've been offered $6 million for 18 seconds of one Nirvana song and I turned it down."
Wow. Were KFC going to start selling a Heart-Shaped Box with a 2-piece and a biscuit? Guess we'll never know.
Maybe that's a good thing? It certainly seems like what Kurt would have wanted.