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Prince estate claims legal win over unauthorised EP release

By | Published on Wednesday 31 January 2018


The Prince estate has seemingly won a legal battle against producer Ian Boxill over the release of an EP of unreleased music by the late pop star.

Boxill worked with Prince between 2006 and 2008, and in April last year announced plans to release a collection of six unreleased tracks they had collaborated on. Shortly before the record’s release date, the Prince estate was granted a temporary injunction blocking it. The estate claimed that a contract between Boxill and Prince gave copyright solely to the musician, meaning the producer could not release the music without its permission.

Now, according to TMZ, the estate is claiming victory in the dispute, because Boxill has failed to respond to its lawsuit by a deadline of 23 Jan. It is asking for the judge in the case to therefore rule in its favour. If the judge does so, the estate will be granted a permanent injunction stopping Boxill from ever releasing the music. That doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing previously unreleased Prince tracks soon though. Quite the opposite, according to the estate’s advisor, Troy Carter.

He told Variety this week: “[Prince] was a guy who practically lived in a recording studio, and once we started going through [the unreleased material] we really started finding some gems. I heard some music the other night that was pretty mind-blowing and we’re getting some stuff mixed right now. We’ve got great projects in the works that I’m excited to talk about. So the answer is yes, there will be unreleased Prince music coming soon”.