It was only a mere couple of hours between the time an unreleased Prince song, titled "Deliverance" popped up on streaming platforms and a six-track collection announced for April 21 when the late singer's estate filed a lawsuit.
Following the announcement of the Deliverance EP, which is scheduled for Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince's death, Paisley Park Enterprises issued a lawsuit against the EP's co-producer Ian Boxill. The suit alleges that Boxill is packaging "Deliverance" and five other previously unreleased recordings featuring Prince without their permission.
This batch of records was recorded by the Purple icon during 2006 and 2008, with the help of engineer Ian Boxill. Boxill finished these tracks after Prince's passing last year.
Although the EP of recordings is in fact real, as confirmed by the estate, the release of the collection is being deemed as "unauthorized." The suit claims that Boxill is violating the terms of his recording agreement with Prince.
Their lawsuit also goes on to claim that Boxill does not have rights to the recordings due to a 2004 confidentiality agreement that stipulated all of the recordings, which is valued at $75,000, would remain the sole and exclusive property of Prince. In addition, the estate is also calling for a return of all the recordings.
In a press release issued by Rogue Music Alliance, which is the umbrella Boxill intended to release the music, the co-producer said, "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."
Despite all of this, the title track from Deliverance is available on iTunes.