Prince's estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued to block it.
A federal judge has blocked a sound engineer from releasing unpublished music by Prince after the late superstar's estate objected. Wright yesterday granted Paisley Park Enterprises a temporary restraining order against George Ian Boxill, a recording engineer who worked with Prince around 2006, and who had planned to release the EP from their sessions. The ruling also forced Boxill to immediately deliver all of the recordings to the estate.
Prince performs "3121" during 6th Annual BET Awards in 2006.
According to the complaint, the estate demanded on March 21 that Boxill return all recordings of Prince in his possession, including masters, copies or reproductions, but Boxill refused. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many, " said Boxill in a statement about the track.
Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Prince's death from an accidental overdose.
Judge Wright apparently agreed Wednesday, citing the Eighth Circuit's 1981 decision in Dataphase v. C L Systems in issuing a temporary restraining order against Boxill.
The title track Deliverance was removed from music streaming services late on Wednesday but not before reaching the No 1 spot on the iTunes rock songs charts. Unless the court extends it, the restraining order will expire on May 3, before which there will be a court hearing.
"Deliverance" was scheduled for release on the small independent label Rogue Music Alliance in apparent defiance of a recent $30 million licensing deal between the estate and Universal Music Group; sources tell Variety that former advisers to the estate misrepresented the availability of certain recordings that are currently covered by Warner Music Group, and Universal is now seeking to nullify the deal.