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Prince's estate asked a US District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota to block release of the DELIVERANCE EP yesterday, and today it has been announced that Prince's estate has prevailed in its legal battle.

While the The Purple One's estate argues the songs "remain Prince's sole and exclusive property", Boxill, who has worked with the likes of rapper Tupac Shakur, said that the pop legend would have appreciated the independent release and was always looking for ways to distribute his music outside of major labels - "Deliverance" will appear on the indie label Rogue Music Alliance (RMA).

The estate says Boxill possesses sound recording and masters for five songs, but is now trying to exploit the songs for his personal gain.

Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

As part of the order, Boxill was ordered to turn over all Prince recordings to the estate.

Prince and Boxill co-wrote and co-produced all of the tracks, and after Prince's death, Boxill completed the compositions and arrangements, finished the production and mixed the songs.

Boxill is also required to deliver all of the recordings he has to the estate, including original recordings, analog and digital copies. The six-track EP was pulled from iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play after Wednesday's ruling, according to Billboard.

This particular order expires on May 3, but the court could grant a more formal injunction before then that would put a halt to the release of these songs pending the outcome of the case.

Deliverance, which features six unheard songs from the late musician, was set to hit the streaming services this Friday in honour of the one-year anniversary of Prince's death.

Boxill's attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.


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