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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

The release, which was announced Tuesday and nearly immediately followed by a lawsuit from the artist's estate, was orchestrated by longtime Prince engineer George Ian Boxhill, who claimed co-writing and co-producing credits with the artist.

Last night, the judge in the case granted a temporary restraining order [PDF] barring Boxill, who worked on the tracks with Prince back in 2006 and 2008 and then completed them after the musician's death, from publishing or releasing Deliverance in any manner.

The Minnesota district court on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) issued a temporary injunction barring the release of the six-song EP Deliverance after Prince's estate argued that the recordings breached a confidentiality agreement between Prince and his former sound engineer.

The filing claims Boxill neglected to return the unfinished recordings.

Prince performs "3121" during 6th Annual BET Awards in 2006.

As part of the order, Boxill was ordered to turn over all Prince recordings to the estate. The estate also said that Boxill's actions will damage the estate's contractual relationship with business partners. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many, " said Boxill in a statement about the track. "The Estate has not granted permission to Mr. Boxill to use or distribute Prince's performances", the complaint states.

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Prince's death from an accidental overdose. The six-track EP was pulled from iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play after Wednesday's ruling, according to Billboard.

"I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many", Boxill said in a press release published Tuesday by Rogue Music Alliance, through which he meant to release the music. The order expires on May 3, unless the court decides to extend it.

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