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If you were planning to spend the first anniversary of music legend Prince’s death April 21 listening to his new music, you might be disappointed.
Most of the new songs contained in the new EP “Deliverance” have been blocked from release by a Minnesota judge, after Prince’s estate sued the producer who had sought to issue the new songs.
The estate claims George Ian Boxill, who co-wrote and co-produced the six-song set with Prince, has no right to release the music and was in violation of a confidentiality agreement he signed. According to the Huffington Post, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright of the United States District Court in Minneapolis issued a temporary restraining order blocking the release of the music and ordered Boxill to turn over all the tracks to the estate, as well as any other music he recorded or wrote with Prince.
Australian Phyllis Foundis visits the Prince star on the exterior of a building at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Menn on April 21, the one year anniversary of the pop music legend’s death.
The estate has not said what it plans to do with the EP.
“The Estate is taking immediate legal actions to prevent Mr. Boxill’s continuing violations of his agreement and the rights of the Estate and its partners in Prince’s recordings,” the estate said in a statement. “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.”
Meanwhile, according to Rolling Stone, the EP’s title track has been removed from all streaming services but is available for sale here, on a site operated by Prince’s estate. The song costs $1.29-$3.50, depending on the format you select.
Rolling Stone says the temporary injunction expires May 3 and that a court hearing on the matter will be scheduled some time before then.
Prince died April 21, 2016 at his Paisley Park estate from what was later ruled an accidental overdose of fentanyl overdose.
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment