Just before the EP’s release, which was scheduled for release on the one year anniversary of Prince’s death, the Prince estate has filed a lawsuit against the EP’s co-producer Ian Boxill. According to Rolling Stone, the lawsuit filed by Paisley Park Enterprise alleges that Boxill is “packaging ‘Deliverance’ and five other unpublished recordings featuring Prince without their permission.”
In a statement to Rolling Stone, the Prince estate explained their reason as to why they took legal action:
“The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is aware that Mr. George Ian Boxill, in conjunction with Rogue Music Alliance, has issued a press release announcing an intent to distribute previously unreleased Prince master recordings and musical compositions. Like the other engineers that had the opportunity to work with Prince, Mr. Boxill signed an agreement, under which he agreed (1) all recordings that he worked on with Prince would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property; (2) he would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever; and (3) he would return any such recordings or property to Prince immediately upon request. Mr. Boxill did not comply with his agreement. Instead, Mr. Boxill maintained copies of certain tracks, waited until after Prince’s tragic death, and is now attempting to release tracks without the authorization of the Estate and in violation of the agreement and applicable law.”
The six-song EP was said to feature undiscovered music recorded from 2006-2008. The recordings were said to be recorded when Prince was an independent artist while protesting what he viewed as an unfair music industry. Boxill intended to release Deliverance through Rouge Music Alliance (RMA), with “the majority” of sales benefiting Prince’s estate, as reported by Rolling Stone.
RMA planned to release the EP on April 21 and it was available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, as stated in the press release. The EP was also set to release nationwide on June 2 at Walmart, Target, and other major stores.
Rolling Stone reports that the lawsuit demands that Boxill must return “any and all masters, copies and reproductions back to the estate.” Adding that the “Deliverance release deprives Prince and the estate from choosing what is released to the public and when.”
Although fans will be not be able to hear any new Prince music, they will have a chance to relive the Prince experience. According to Billboard, the pop icon’s backup band, The Revolution, will reunite and hit the road for a spring U.S tour, in honor of Prince. The tour will stop in major cities including Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C, and Detroit. The tour is said to end in Seattle on July 15.
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