It’s only been hours since news that six unreleased songs of the late Prince will be dropping this Friday via the Deliverance EP. Well, looks like that might not happen.
So Prince’s Estate caught wind of the announcement and did not like what they were hearing. Paisley Park quickly filed a federal lawsuit against Ian Boxhill, the sound engineer and co producer, according to KTSP.
Essentially, they’re saying that Boxhill is “trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain at the expense of the Prince Estate.” They are estimating the value of the unreleased materials to be over $75,000. The lawsuit also explains that according to his estate (which is being ran by Comercia Bank & Trust and Paisley Park Enterprises) Deliverance would violate a contract Boxhill and Prince already had.
According to the press release released by RMA (Rogue Music Alliance), the materials the EP features, were recorded between 2006-2008.
“The songs were written and recorded when Prince was an independent artist, protesting what he saw as an unjust music industry,” RMA wrote in the release. “In the spirit of that independence, and in supporting Prince’s opinion of major label contracts, DELIVERANCE is being released independently.”
Boxhill also explains that he believes this release is explains his reasoning behind how this project is being released.
“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.
What do you guys think?