Aaron Carter’s managers slam planned music and book releases as ‘heartless cash grabs’


In the first statement issued since his death Saturday at 34, Aaron CarterThe management team denounces the “obscenely disrespectful and unauthorized releases” planned by the late star, including an album, a single and a book.

The statement, sent by Taylor Helgeson of Big Umbrella Management, thanked Carter’s ex-girlfriend, Hilary Duff, for speaking out against the release of a posthumous book, titled Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life. An excerpt from the memoir published by Page 6 claims the stars lost their virginity to each other, and Duff takes issue with the lack of fact-checking for the project. “It’s truly sad that less than a week after Aaron’s death, there is a publisher who seems to be recklessly pushing a book to capitalize on this tragedy without taking the time or care to check the validity of his work” , Duff said in a statement. supplied to Billboard.

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In the statement from Carter’s management team, they thank Duff for his response to the book, which they say is “unauthorized”, as well as a single and album release.

“In the few days since the passing of our dear friend, we have tried to grieve and process while simultaneously having to deal with disrespectful and unauthorized releases, including an album, a single and now this appears to be a book,” the statement read. “This is a time of mourning and reflection, not heartless cash grabbing and attention seeking. We ask responsible parties to remove the aforementioned content and that no further content be posted without approval of his family, friends and associates.

Billboard contacted Ballast Booksthe publisher behind the planned publication of the memoirs, to respond to the managers’ claims.

On the music side, an independent album titled Blacklist was released on Sunday, the day after Carter’s death, by producers Morgan Matthews and John Wyatt Johnson. “We decided to go out Blacklist tomorrow to honor him and share his exceptional artistry with his fans around the world as we all mourn his loss,” the producers said in a statement on the day of Carter’s death.

Carter was found dead Saturday at 34. No cause of death has been announced for the pop star, TV personality and brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter.

Also in their statement, the Big Umbrella team thanked fans for their “overwhelming support and kind words during this difficult time,” adding, “We love you Aaron, we miss you so much.”

Read the full statement from Carter’s management below:

As Aaron’s leadership we deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague Aaron, the silence is deafening and our world is different without you here. We want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and kind words during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and beautiful son Prince. We love you Aaron, we miss you so much.

We would also like to thank Hillary Duff for her statement regarding the book to be published. In the few days since the passing of our dear friends, we have tried to grieve and process while simultaneously having to deal with obscenely disrespectful and unauthorized releases, including an album, a single and now this looks like a book.

It’s a time of mourning and reflection, not heartless cash grabbing and attention seeking. We ask responsible parties to remove the aforementioned content and that no further content be posted without the approval of his family, friends and associates.

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