Prince Estate Told to Pay Up $1 Million for New Music Trial
The keepers of Prince’s estate have been told to hand over $1 million to pay off the music icon’s studio engineer, if he wins a court battle over his rights to release the icon’s new music.
A judge has extended a restraining order that blocks Prince’s recording engineer, George Ian Boxill, from releasing the six-track Deliverance EP. The producer had planned to release the new music on the anniversary of the “Purple Rain” star’s death last month, but Prince’s estate bosses filed a lawsuit to stop it. Reports suggest Prince’s family wants to use the music for an upcoming reality TV series. Boxill completed arrangements on the six new tracks, finished the production and mixed the songs, which were recorded between 2006 and 2008, following his late boss’ death last year. The estate bosses have ordered him to hand over all the recordings, which are estimated to have a value of more than $75,000 , but he’s still fighting the decision, insisting he has the right to release the tunes. In a new hearing on Wednesday, the judge called for a trial to determine if Boxill has the right to release the music, and he has asked the estate officials to post $1 million bond, which will be handed to the engineer if he wins.