While Prince fans are hyped for the upcoming release of the hitmaker's posthumous EP, Deliverance, the late musician's estate isn't too thrilled by the situation.
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In fact, it was revealed that the Little Red Corvette singer's estate has sued the producer behind the new Prince project on Wednesday.
As we previously reported, George Ian Boxill has already dropped one of the six songs he wrote with the music legend between 2006 and 2008. Boxill's initial plan was to release Deliverance on the one year anniversary (April 21) of Prince's death.
Although we're not sure that'll actually happen now as the estate is taking legal action against the producer. Apparently, Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement during his time working with the A-lister which stated the tracks "would remain Prince's sole and exclusive property." The suit also claims the agreement specified that the industry vet "would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever."
Clearly, the release of Deliverance (both EP and title track) violates this agreement.
According to TMZ, Prince's estate requested for the songs to be turned over back in March, but the producer straight up refused their demand. The estate defends the release of Deliverance hurts their business interests. The new legal paperwork notes:
"[Deliverance] deprives Prince (and now the estate) from choosing what is released to the public and when."
It's said the six recordings are worth more than $75,000. Eek.
Unsurprisingly, the estate wants the music handed over ASAP and wants a judge to block the release of the new tunes. We're sure Apple is sweating right now as they've already put one song up for sale on iTunes! Oof.
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