Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

A year since Prince's sudden passing from an accidental overdose of painkillers, the music legend's estate is blocking the release of unpublished tracks. The late star's music was removed after his estate took legal action, requesting that a judge block the album's release.

Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

The estate argued that the representative of Prince's estate is charged with maximizing the value of unreleased recordings, not Boxill.

"Mr. Boxill is threatening to exploit the personal interests of a deceased person that do not belong to him".

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. For now, enjoy a 1982 Prince performance from the Paste Cloud below.

Not long after Prince died-a year ago tomorrow-it was revealed that his music vault contained enough material to release an album every year for the next century.

David Staley, co-founder of RMA, the Vancouver, Washington record label behind the EP, says that because the title track "Deliverance" was commercially released prior to the temporary restraining order, it is exempt from the ban. The judge considered specific factors outlined in that case, including the threat of irreparable harm to the estate, finding that they weigh in favor of a restraining order.

All of this was in the face of a lawsuit brought last Friday in Minnesota by Paisley Park Enterprises against Boxill.

Boxill is also required to deliver all of the recordings he has to the estate, including original recordings, analog and digital copies.

Released by Rogue Music Alliance, the forthcoming EP was written and recorded while Prince was an independent artist. It's not clear whether the temporary restraining order extends through June 2, when the CD was scheduled to go on sale at Walmart, Target and other retailers.

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