Federal Court to Hear New Prince Tunes Before Fans

According to Pro Sound News, Paisley Park Enterprises and the estate of rock star Prince have filed a federal lawsuit against producer/engineer Ian Boxill in an effort to prevent him from releasing Deliverance, an EP of unreleased music by the late artist. Set to debut as a download on Friday, April 21—the first anniversary of Prince’s death—and on physical media June 2, the EP was recorded between 2006 and 2008.

The lawsuit values the six tracks—five songs and an extended mix—at more than $75,000, and is seeking civil liability for theft. It is alleged that Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that decreed all tracks they worked on together would “remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property.” Boxill has shared the tracks with third-parties—in this case, the label RMA (Rogue Music Alliance)—and reportedly refuses to return the masters, thus violating the agreement according to the parties behind the lawsuit.

So while Prince fans may be ready to hear some unreleased new music from the iconic artist, it appears a federal court will be hearing them first. Disputes are everywhere and they affect recording engineers, artists, record labels and businesses when we don’t exactly see things the same way.

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