Entertainer Morris Day took to social media recently with a statement regarding the Prince Estate, which he claims has banned him from using his 40-year-old stage name, Morris Day and The Time. He said: “I’ve given 40 years of my life building up a name (Morris Day and The Time) and legacy that Prince and I came up with. A name that while he was alive, he had no problem with me using. I literally put my blood, sweat, and tears into bringing value to that name.”
Prince’s estate currently represented by Comerica was surprised and disappointed to see his post, as they were working proactively with Morris to resolve the matter.
The matter is doubly complicated by the fact that the estate is currently in transition, from Comerica Bank being the trustee to a combination of three of Prince’s six heirs, who are represented by attorney L. Londell McMillan, and Primary Wave Music, which acquired the interest of his three other heirs. However, the transition is not yet complete — and both Primary Wave and McMillan have spoken out against the estate’s stance, saying they will side with Day when the time comes.