Billboard magazine claims a Minnesota judge has ruled that Prince’s estate must pay $1 million if it wishes to continue preventing the release of his Deliverance EP. The money serves as a bond to prevent the release of previously unheard music.
According to Billboard “The Deliverance EP comprises six previously unreleased Prince songs recorded from 2006–2008 with mixing and recording engineer Ian Boxill. When it was first announced, its release was intended to coincide with the one year anniversary of Prince’s death on April 21. Prince’s estate quickly responded, interrupting those plans with the aforementioned restraining order, claiming that Boxill — like other engineers who worked with Prince — did not have any proprietary rights to the material they worked on together.”