In honor of the one year anniversary of Pop icon Prince’s passing, RMA (Rogue Music Alliance) was planning on releasing a special six-song EP, entitled, “Deliverance”, consisting of new, undiscovered studio recordings by Prince, from 2006 to 2008.
But, according to the New York Times, “A federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday by the Prince Estate, which is now being managed by Comerica Bank & Trust and Paisley Park Enterprises, claims that George Ian Boxill [a former collaborator of Prince], has no legal right to release the music and is violating the terms of his agreement with Prince—for his personal gain at expense of the Prince Estate.”
The Deliverance EP features six previously unreleased tracks: “Deliverance,” “Man Opera,” which includes a four-movement medley: “I Am”, “Touch Me”, “Sunrise Sunset”, “No One Else”, and an extended version of “I Am”. The songs were written and recorded when Prince was an independent artist, protesting what he saw as an unjust music industry.
Prince’s unreleased EP, which was announced Tuesday—with the title track available for early streaming, was pulled from iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play on Wednesday.
“I believe “Deliverance” is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing,” says Boxill. “I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.”
“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,” continues Boxill. “When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
Prince and Boxill worked on releases by 2Pac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and multiple award-winning albums by Prince. They also co-wrote and co-produced all the tracks on “Deliverance”, beginning in 2006. After Prince’s untimely passing, Boxill continued their work by spending the past year completing the compositions and arrangements, finishing the production and mixing the songs.