Prince estate blocks new music release on anniversary of pop icon's death
The period in which the "Deliverance" recordings were purportedly made, 2006-2008, was covered by the Universal deal. "I Am", "Touch Me", "Sunrise Sunset" and "No One Else" accompanies the title track which dropped Tuesday night.
But Prince's Revolution lives on as former band hits the road.On April 21, the anniversary of Prince's untimely death, an independent label plans to release a six-track EP of Prince songs titled "Deliverance". The recordings are surprisingly strong, particularly the title track, a bluesy slow-burner with some blazing guitar work, gospelesque backing singers, and a soaring falsetto vocal from Prince. The songs were written and recorded when Prince was an independent artist, protesting what he saw as an unjust music industry. Enter George Ian Boxill, a producer at Rogue Music Alliance who was in the process of making an EP of previously unreleased Prince music, called Deliverance, available for download on Amazon, Apple, iTunes and Google Play. Listen to the album's first single "Deliverance" below.
"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", said Boxill. "When considering how to release this important work, we made a decision to go independent because that's what Prince would have wanted".
The release, which was announced Tuesday and nearly immediately followed by a lawsuit from the artist's estate, was orchestrated by longtime Prince engineer George Ian Boxhill, who claimed co-writing and co-producing credits with the artist.
The estate's lawsuit says Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that the recordings would remain Prince's property. Unless the court extends it, the restraining order will expire on May 3, before which there will be a court hearing.