Prince's 'Deliverance' EP pulled from all music services
- Author: Ernesto Newman Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 0:15
In her ruling, the judge sided with the estate of the late pop singer, which argued that the "Deliverance" EP violated a contract Boxill had entered into that gave Prince sole ownership of any music they recorded together.
The lawsuit claims that Boxill, who had planned to release the six-song Deliverance EP, doesn't have the rights to make these songs public.
Prince and Boxill co-wrote and co-produced all of the tracks, and after Prince's death, Boxill completed the compositions and arrangements, finished the production and mixed the songs. The songs were written and recorded when Prince was an independent artist, protesting what he saw as an unjust music industry. This includes the "Deliverance" single and all other released works.
"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". Wright yesterday granted Paisley Park Enterprises a temporary restraining order against George Ian Boxill, a recording engineer who worked with Prince around 2006, and who had planned to release the EP from their sessions. The majority of sales were meant to benefit Prince's estate.
He continued, "When considering how to release this important work, we made a decision to go independent because that's what Prince would have wanted".
U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright granted a temporary restraining order to stop the music's release late Wednesday. Prince's estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued to block it.
This particular order expires on May 3, but the court could grant a more formal injunction before then that would put a halt to the release of these songs pending the outcome of the case.
The estate's lawsuit says Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that the recordings would remain Prince's property.