Controversy surrounding New Prince EP
It’s not a play on words but it works. Prince’s 1981 ‘Controversy’ LP seems to fit the saga happening today.
On Tuesday, a new EP of unreleased Prince music titled Deliverance was announced for release this Friday. The title track was also made available on iTunes and Apple Music. However, soon after it was revealed that Prince’s estate and Paisley Park had filed a lawsuit against engineer George Ian Boxill for control of the six tracks on the EP. The songs were reportedly recorded and co-written with Boxill in 2006.
Prince’s estate told Billboard in a statement that Boxill is in violation of an agreement stating that the tracks were solely the property of the Purple One. “Instead, Mr. Boxill maintained copies of certain tracks, waited until after his tragic death, and is now attempting to release tracks without the authorization of the Estate and in violation of the agreement and applicable law.”
However, iHeartRadio has announced that the song “Deliverance” is now streaming on iHeartPrince Radio at the top of the hour every hour. Additionally, the full EP will be via iHeartRadio’s on demand subscription services.
DELIVERANCE features six previously unreleased tracks: “Deliverance,” “Man Opera,” which includes a four-movement medley: “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “No One Else;” and an extended version of “I Am.” The songs were written and recorded when Prince was an independent artist, protesting what he saw as an unjust music industry. In the spirit of that independence, and in supporting Prince’s opinion of major label contracts, DELIVERANCE is being released independently via RMA, a Vancouver, WA based record company. The majority of all sales of DELIVERANCE will benefit Prince’s estate.
Prince, and Ian Boxill (2Pac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, multiple award winning Prince albums), co-wrote and co-produced all of the tracks beginning in 2006. 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.”
Prince is regarded one as of the most prolific and groundbreaking artists in modern music history. A worldwide Multi-Platinum selling artist, Prince was also a multiple time GRAMMY® Award winner, American Music Award winner, Billboard Music Award winner, Academy Award winner, Golden Globe Award winner, BET Award winner, Soul Train Music Award winner, Brit Award winner, GRAMMY® Hall of Fame winner, MTV Music Award winner, NAACP Image Award winner, and ASCAP Award winner, and more
This Friday, April 21, is the one-year anniversary of the music icon’s passing.