UPDATE: A judge in Minneapolis has granted a temporary restraining order on behalf of Prince’s estate to block this EP from release and return the recordings to the late singer’s estate, as per USA Today.
On Friday, April 21, an EP titled Deliverance will be released, featuring some previously unheard songs from Prince that were reportedly worked on by the late musician and collaborator/producer Ian Boxill between 2006 and 2008.
More context from the press release, and some words from Boxill:
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.
Says Boxill, “I believe ‘Deliverance’ is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.” He continues, “Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
The release of Deliverance comes on exactly the one-year anniversary of his sudden death back in 2016 — and features six recordings, among them “Deliverance,” “Man Opera,” a four-movement medley (“I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “No One Else”) and an extended version of “I Am.”
Prince’s estate, meanwhile, has taken legal action against Boxill for this release, actually filing a lawsuit claiming that he, “is now trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain at expense of the Prince Estate.”