New York, NY (April 20, 2017)—Paisley Park and Prince’s estate have gained a temporary restraining order preventing the release of Deliverance, a six-song EP of unheard music by the late artist that was developed for release by engineer George Ian Boxill. The set was due to be issued Friday, April 21, the first anniversary of Prince’s death, by RMA (Rogue Music Alliance).
The restraining order came as a result of a federal lawsuit that the entities filed against Boxill on Tuesday. Boxill recorded the songs with the singer between 2006 and 2008, and then completed them on his own during the past year, but at the initial time of recording, he reportedly signed a confidentiality agreement that decreed all tracks they worked on together would “remain Prince's sole and exclusive property," according to the lawsuit.
However, at the court proceeding, according to St. Paul, MN TV station KSTP, Boxill’s lawyer argued that his client owns 10 percent of the songs and that because the confidentiality agreement was never signed by Prince or Paisley Park, it is invalid.
For now, U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright granted a motion to stop the EP’s release, and issued the restraining order while stating that Boxill must provide all resulting recorded materials of his work with Prince to the estate. The estate's lawsuit values the six tracks—five songs and an extended mix—at more than $75,000, and is seeking civil liability for theft.
The restraining order is temporary, running through May 3, but may be extended at the judge’s discretion. In the meantime, a hearing on a preliminary injunction will be held before then, and Wright plans to issue a memorandum explaining the legal reasoning behind her granting the motion.
The EP has been removed from iTunes, but remains available for pre-order on its own website. Clips of the title track remain on Facebook video, and all fans who pre-ordered the EP on iTunes Wednesday received the complete song as an instant download; the restraining order does not address those issues.