Six previously unreleased Prince tracks are set to release on Friday, the one year anniversary of The Purple One’s death.
All songs on the posthumous EP called ‘Deliverance’, available for pre-order now, were co-written and co-produced between 2006 and 2008 by Prince and producer Ian Boxill. Over the last year, Boxill has been working on the songs as an honour to his late friend – apparently, against the wishes of Prince’s estate and heirs. Variety reports that a lawsuit has been filed to prevent the songs’ release, claiming that Boxill is ‘trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain’, and disputing his claim of ownership of the songs.
Prince was found dead of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fantanyl at his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis. He died without a will, and his estate has been in dispute ever since.
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. 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.”