It’s been nearly a year since renowned pop artist Prince passed away from an opioid overdose. Fans mourned the music icon’s death by rushing to sites like eBay to buy his CDs, and now, on the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, buzz had been generating on the debut of a previously unreleased Prince EP called Deliverance.
However, it looks like fans will have to wait for the six-song recording. A Consumerist report indicates that the Prince estate has sued music engineer George Ian Boxill, claiming that he doesn’t have the rights to make the songs public. The suit claims that Boxill, who was employed by Prince and Paisley Park Enterprises and worked on the tracks in 2006 and 2008, was never given ownership of the music that he worked on and that the songs belonged to Prince, who never chose to release them.
“Any dissemination of the recordings and underlying music compositions, or fixation of the same in any audiovisual work or otherwise, is unauthorized and in violation of the Estate’s rights to the master recordings and musical compositions,” representatives of the estate said.
Court order blocks release
The suit prompted a judge to issue a temporary restraining order against Boxill that bars him from publishing or releasing Deliverance in any form. The order also demands that Boxill forfeit “all of the recordings acquired through his work with Paisley Park Enterprises, including original recordings, analog and digital copies, and any derivative works.
The order is set to expire on May 3, but it could pave the way for a more formal injunction that would stop the release of the EP until the outcome of the lawsuit is decided.
Fans had already had access to the EP’s title track online, but a letter sent by Boxill’s lawyers stated that the song is no longer available. Other music providers, like Apple’s iTunes, have also been directed to cancel any preorders for the disputed tracks.