New Prince EP Pulled From Sale Following Lawsuit From His Estate
Written by Tom Williams on 21st April, 2017
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A forthcoming Price EP featuring previously unreleased material from the late musician has been pulled from online music stores after a lawsuit was filed against the EP’s creator by Prince’s estate.
Yesterday, the Rogue Music Alliance (RMA) shared a new Prince song called ‘Deliverance’, as the title track from a forthcoming Prince EP created by engineer and collaborator George Ian Boxill, which was set to be released this Friday, 21st April.
Prince’s estate sued Boxill over the EP, which has now disappeared from iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon, reportedly as a result of the lawsuit.
TMZ reports that court documents suggest Boxill didn’t have the right to distribute the music publicly, and had purportedly signed a confidentiality agreement when recording with Prince in 2006.
A federal judge overseeing the lawsuit has reportedly ruled in favour of Prince’s estate, with Boxill allegedly being ordered to turn over the recordings to the estate. The matter will be heard again before the 3rd May.
Anyone who pre-ordered the EP in iTunes received an immediate download of one song from the record, before it was removed from iTunes. At the time of writing, the Deliverance EP is still available to pre-order on the project’s website, but it’s unclear if the EP will still be released through that website.
Stream the song ‘Deliverance’, below.