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Documents: Jay Z's company wanted to manage Prince's music

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/6/2016 By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Court documents released Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Court documents released Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court documents show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Jay Z performs during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Court documents released Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Jay Z performs during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Court documents released Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The documents stem from a dispute between Prince's record company and Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal, which is playing out in both state and federal court in Minnesota.

The trust company overseeing Prince's estate says the dispute belongs only in federal court, where PRN Records is suing Roc Nation for copyright infringement for making a large part of Prince's catalog available to its subscribers, allegedly without permission.

A closed hearing is set for Thursday in Carver County probate court. Roc Nation has not formally responded to the copyright lawsuit, which NPG Records filed last month.

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