Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Prince estate blocks new album from being released

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Summary: The estate has now stopped the release of the album, which was planned to happen on Friday, Prince's first death anniversary.

A federal judge has blocked a sound engineer from releasing unpublished music by Prince after the late superstar's estate objected.

Prince, and Ian Boxill, known for his work with 2pac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and on multiple award winning Prince albums, co-wrote and co-produced all of the tracks beginning in 2006.

The filing claims Boxill neglected to return the unfinished recordings. Prince sings and plays guitar and keyboard on the tracks. "The Estate has not granted permission to Mr. Boxill to use or distribute Prince's performances", the complaint states.

Prince died at age 57 of an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

The estate also argued that Boxill has no right to use Prince's name, image or likeness in any manner.

The judge issued a restraining order for the Deliverance EP, meaning it will not be released on April 21st. 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.

But Prince's Revolution lives on as former band hits the road.On April 21, the anniversary of Prince's untimely death, an independent label plans to release a six-track EP of Prince songs titled "Deliverance".

Additionally, the order directs Boxill to turn over "all of the recordings acquired through his work with Paisley Park Enterprises, including original recordings, analog and digital copies, and any derivative works". 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.

Boxill's attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.

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