New Prince music is focus of legal battle

Did the late singer ever intend to release this music?


Paisley Park and the Prince estate are suing a sound engineer for attempting to put out music they say the late singer never intended to release.

At the heart of the matter is sound engineer George Ian Boxill and a six-track EP named 'Deliverance.'

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The title track was released Tuesday night and the EP was released on Friday, one year since Prince's death.

In a statement, Boxill expressed that he feels he's doing what Prince would've wanted by releasing this new EP independently.

But any new Prince releases not from his estate are bound to be controversial because of how hard the singer fought to keep control of his work.

When Prince changed his name to a symbol in 1992, he was trying to separate himself from Warner Bros., his record company at the time.

He claimed Warner Bros. treated him like a 'pawn used to produce more money.'

In 2007, Prince said he planned to sue YouTube and eBay over unauthorized use of his music and film.

And in 2014, he filed a lawsuit against 22 internet users for millions of dollars because of bootlegged concert recordings.

He later dismissed that suit.

If all goes well for Boxill, "Deliverance" will be released on the RMA label.

RMA said in a statement, "The majority of all sales of Deliverance will benefit Prince's estate."

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