Prince's estate sues to block release of new music

After a new Prince album called "Deliverance" was announced, featuring "undiscovered Prince recordings", a United States district judge in Minnesota granted a temporary restraining order to Prince's estate Wednesday night against the planned release of music. The label announced the EP would be released Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince's death (he died of a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota).

The lawsuit claimed that Boxill had no right to the recordings due to a 2004 confidentiality agreement that stipulated that all of the recordings, valued at $75,000, would remain the sole and exclusive property of Prince.

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.

Late Thursday night, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order requested by Prince's estate against Boxill. The sound recordings in Mr. Boxill's possession contain recordings of Prince singing and playing the guitar and keyboard. 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.

Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The "Deliverance" single, however, is once again available to buy.

The judge also ordered the engineer to surrender digital and analog copies of the recordings to the Prince estate in accordance with a non-disclosure agreement he reportedly signed prior to their collaboration.

The order expires on May 3, unless the court decides to extend it.

Update, April 20, 5:37 p.m. -A statement issued by RMA, the label behind Deliverance, clarifies that the single it already released, "Deliverance", was not covered by the restraining order issued on April 19. "I, like Ian, feel "Deliverance" is a very timely song and believe it will bring comfort to many in these trying times".

One, "Deliverance", was put on iTunes and Apple Music on Tuesday.