This Friday, April 21st, marks the one-year anniversary of Prince‘s death. As of yesterday, Friday will also mark the release of an unpublished body of work from the icon. The Deliverance EP, comprising recordings made between 2006 and 2008, was announced with the arrival of its spirited title track. The only problem is, the entity responsible for its release is currently being sued by the estate for refusing to return those recordings and releasing them against the wishes of the late icon.
St.Paul’s KTSP reports that a suit has been filed both locally and in Culver City (LA) against George Ian Boxill, an engineer who worked with Prince in the mid-2000’s. The estate claims Boxill is violating a confidentiality agreement that states “all recordings he worked on with the pop star would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property,” and that he “would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever,” as the agreement explicitly states that Boxill is to “return any such recordings or property to Prince immediately upon request.”
Whether the release can be blocked before Friday’s due date has yet to be determined. But let’s be clear here, this is precisely not how you approach releasing rare Prince material. A celebration of the icon’s career will take place at Paisley Park this weekend with performances from Morris Day & The Time, The New Power Generation, The Revolution and more. Stay tuned for updates on the case.