Don’t Even THINK About Releasing New Music …
Producer Loses in Court
4/19/2017 8:54 PM PDT
Prince‘s estate is putting the brakes on the planned release of a new album, thanks to a court ruling in its favor … TMZ has learned.
A federal judge granted the estate’s request Wednesday for a restraining order — which means the “Deliverance” EP will NOT be released on Friday, the first anniversary of Prince’s death.
According to docs, obtained by TMZ, the court said George Ian Boxill, the producer who put together “Deliverance” had no right to distribute the music to the public … due to a confidentiality agreement he’d signed when recording with Prince in 2006.
Boxill was ordered to turn over all recordings to the estate.
The restraining order will expire on May 3, unless the court extends it. It’s likely there will be a court hearing before then to permanently deal with the matter.
There is a gray area. The judge’s decision did not address the fact the album has already been pre-ordered by millions of Prince fans. Anyone who did so on iTunes before it was removed on Wednesday … got an immediate download of one song.
As for what happens with those downloads? Stay tuned.