XPN MusicNotes: Listen to a new Prince song, “Deliverance,” from controversial forthcoming EP

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Prince | photo by Michael Ochs / Getty Images | via RollingStone.com

“I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing, I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many”- George Ian Boxill – Producer & Engineer for Prince

Friday marks the one year anniversary of Prince‘s death. It’s also the day a posthumous EP called Deliverance will be released. It features six previously-unheard recordings by Prince, including the title track, which you can listen to below.

The Deliverance album features the songs: “Deliverance,” “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “No One Else” and an extended version of “I Am.” The songs were written between 2006 and 2008, by Prince and engineer / producer Ian Boxill, who said in a statement:

“The songs were written when Prince was an independent artist protesting what he saw as an unjust music industry. Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”

The planned release has been hit with a legal challenge. Prince’s estate and Paisley Park have filed a federal lawsuit against Boxill for control of the Deliverance tracks. The lawsuit accuses Boxill of refusing to return the tracks in violation of a contract he made with Prince. The estate and Paisley Park also requested “any and all masters, copies and reproductions” be returned. The story continues to unfold.

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