Debut Of Previously Unreleased Prince EP Blocked By Court Order



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Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park home on April 21.

The Friday release of "Deliverance," an EP containing previously unavailable material by Prince, has been blocked by a judge - for the time being, at least.

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.

Representatives of RMA, Boxhill and Prince's estate did not immediately return calls for comment on the temporary injunction.

"Mr. Boxill is threatening to exploit the personal interests of a deceased person that do not belong to him". I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many, " said Boxill in a statement about the track. For now, enjoy a 1982 Prince performance from the Paste Cloud below. 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.

"Deliverance" was scheduled for release on the small independent label Rogue Music Alliance in apparent defiance of a recent $30 million licensing deal between the estate and Universal Music Group; sources tell Variety that former advisers to the estate misrepresented the availability of certain recordings that are currently covered by Warner Music Group, and Universal is now seeking to nullify the deal. The record's title track was serviced to radio on Wednesday evening, but has since been removed from iTunes.

Under Wright's order, Boxill is banned from publishing any unreleased Prince recordings referenced in the confidentiality contract between Boxill and Paisley Park Enterprises.

The restraining order is set to expire on May 3rd, with a hearing planned before then to determine the next course of action.

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