Previously Unreleased Music From Prince Coming Friday: UPDATE
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:52:57
It's hard to believe that it has almost been a year since Prince passed away. Friday, April 21st, will the one year anniversary of his passing, and in honor of the event, Rogue Music Alliance is releasing a six song EP titled DELIVERANCE. The record is made up of previously undiscovered studio recordings made between 2006 and 2008.
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. Listen to the album's first single "Deliverance" below.
Prince, and Ian Boxill, known for his work with 2pac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and on 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.
Boxil said in a statement, "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’s estate asked a US District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota to block release of the DELIVERANCE EP yesterday, and today it has been announced that Prince’s estate has prevailed in its legal battle.
The judge issued a restraining order for the Deliverance EP, meaning it will not be released on April 21st. The order expires on May 3rd, but a hearing before that date will determine if it will be extended.
Boxill has been ordered to turn over all recordings to the Prince estate. The judge cited the confidentiality agreement Boxill signed in 2006 in making the decision.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff