Nirvana Releases "Nirvana"
Nirvana was the third Nirvana album to be released following the death of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain in April 1994, and the first to feature studio material.
It contains the previously unreleased "You Know You're Right", a song recorded during the band's final studio session from January 1994. The album also includes a brief selection of the band's more popular songs, pulled mostly from 1991's Nevermind and 1993's In Utero, but also containing three pre-Nevermind songs and two recorded during the band's MTV Unplugged set in late 1993. Nirvana opened at #3 on the Billboard 200. The album sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and by early 2009, it sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone according to Soundscan.
Nirvana was released following the settlement of a long-standing legal dispute between Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. Much of the dispute centered around "You Know You're Right", which Novoselic and Grohl had wanted to release on a long-delayed Nirvana box set. However, Love blocked the song's release, and sued Novoselic and Grohl over control of Nirvana's legacy.
Love's lawsuit maintained that "You Know You're Right" was a "potential 'hit' of extraordinary artistic and commercial value." She believed that "You Know You're Right" would be "wasted" on a box set, and instead belonged on a single-disc compilation similar to the Beatles' 1. In September 2002, it was announced by the Nirvana camp that the lawsuit had been settled, and that "You Know You're Right" would be released on "Nirvana, a one-CD history of the band."