By: Renee Grant
Seemingly as soon as news of new, previously unreleased Prince music being on the way was out, the estate of the late music icon has sued to keep the album from making its debut.
The EP titled Deliverance is set to be released in June. Prince cut the songs between 2006 and 2008, co-writing and co-producing the songs with Ian Boxill. The album features a four-movement piece entitled Man Opera, featuring four songs named I Am, Touch Me, Sunrise Sunset, and No One Else. The EP finishes with an extended mix of I Am.
Boxill completed the album after Prince passed away, but the estate alleges that Boxill signed an agreement that all music he created with the star “would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property.” Both Paisley Park and the estate have filed a joint lawsuit against Boxill, accusing him of “trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain at expense of the Prince estate.”
The lawsuit goes on to state that Boxill agreed that he “would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever” and that “he would return any such recordings or property to Prince immediately upon request.”
The estate and Paisley Park claim the release of the music would deprive “Prince (and now the estate) from choosing what is released to the public and when.” Fans of the rocker know he was notoriously controlling over the release of his music. The suit seeks the return of “any and all masters, copies and reproductions.”
In a previous press release, Boxill stated, “I believe ‘Deliverance’ is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.” He goes on to say, “Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.