New York, NY (April 19, 2017)—Paisley Park Enterprises and the estate of rock star Prince have filed a federal lawsuit against producer/engineer Ian Boxill in an effort to prevent him from releasing Deliverance, an EP of unreleased music by the late artist. Set to debut as a download on Friday, April 21—the first anniversary of Prince’s death—and on physical media June 2, the EP was recorded between 2006 and 2008.
The lawsuit values the six tracks—five songs and an extended mix—at more than $75,000, and is seeking civil liability for theft. It is alleged that Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that decreed all tracks they worked on together would “remain Prince's sole and exclusive property." Boxill has shared the tracks with third-parties—in this case, the label RMA (Rogue Music Alliance)—and reportedly refuses to return the masters, thus violating the agreement according to the parties behind the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleges that by signing the confidentiality agreement, Boxill waived his right to be interviewed or write about his work with Prince. However, in a press statement from RMA, Boxill noted, “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."
The songs at the heart of the dispute are “Deliverance,” “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “No One Else” and “I Am (extended).”
The RMA statement says that the songs were co-written and co-produced by Boxill and Prince, and that since the artist’s death last April, Boxill has worked to finish the arrangements, production and mixing of the tracks. Boxill’s discography includes numerous credits with Prince, having worked on the mid-2000s albums Planet Earth and 3121; he has also worked with the likes of After 7, Tony Thompson, Coolio, Tevin Campbell, Gladys Knight, 2Pac, Aaliyah and Alexander O’Neal, among others.
The lawsuit demands that "any and all masters, copies and reproductions" be returned to Paisley Park and the Prince estate. St. Paul TV station KSTP reached Boxill for comment on Tuesday, who said he was out of the country and would have to call back at a later time.
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