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New Prince EP won't arrive Friday as expected

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The world will not get a new Prince EP on Friday as previously announced. Legal intervention has halted the release of the late artist’s Deliverance EP, which independent label Rogue Music Alliance had announced Tuesday. The EP’s release would have coincided with the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death.

“The Federal Court located in Minnesota has temporarily enjoined the release of the remaining unreleased tracks on the Deliverance EP,” RMA attorney Matthew Wilson wrote in a statement. “The court order has not enjoined the released single ‘Deliverance.’ Therefore the ‘Deliverance’ single will continue to be sold.”

While the title track was originally available on major digital service providers, it is now solely for sale on a new website launched by RMA.

Minnesota channel KSTP reported on the legal proceedings Wednesday morning, writing that Paisley Park and Prince’s estate had united in their action against George Ian Boxill, the sound engineer who had co-produced and co-written Deliverance‘s tracks when Prince was an independent artist between 2006 and 2008.

According to KSTP, the federal lawsuit filed valued the recordings at greater than $75,000; the suit also claimed Boxill had “signed a confidentiality agreement, which stated that all recordings he worked on with the pop star ‘would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property.'” Furthermore, the suit alleged there was a clause in Boxill’s contract that prevented him from giving interviews or writing about the experience.

Prince died on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57 following a fentanyl overdose.