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Prince’s “Deliverance” will not be delivered — at least not on Friday.
A federal judge in Minnesota ruled late Wednesday that Ian Boxill, a songwriter and producer who planned to release a collection of previously unheard Prince songs this week, is not allowed to do so, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
In her ruling, the judge sided with the estate of the late pop singer, which argued that the “Deliverance” EP violated a contract Boxill had entered into that gave Prince sole ownership of any music they recorded together.
The six-song collection, which had already been made available for pre-order on iTunes, was to come out Friday, exactly one year after Prince died from a fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park complex near Minneapolis.
Boxill said he and the singer had recorded the material — including the title track, which you can hear below — between 2006 and 2008 and that he’d continued to work on the music following Prince’s death.
The Star Tribune said U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright told Boxill to surrender all recordings of his work with Prince that was subject to the agreement he’d made with the singer.
But the block is only temporary, the paper added. Prince’s estate will have to argue its case further next week to stop the music from being released in the future.