Of course, April 21 is the one year anniversary of Prince's death. The Universal Music Group, which theoretically owns Prince's catalog, hasn't commented one way or the other; complicating matters further, Universal is now trying to back out of the deal whereby they purchased Prince's recordings. Deliverance will consist of six songs recorded between 2006 and 2008. After Prince's death, Boxill completed the compositions and arrangements, finished the production and mixed the songs.
Prince co-wrote and co-produced the EP's songs with Ian Boxill, who completed the tracks following his death previous year.
Along with the title track, the EP packs the songs "I Am", "Touch Me", "Sunrise Sunset" and "No One Else".
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Paisley Park engineer Ian Boxill said in a statement that the release of the song and EP is "timely", and added he hopes that the hearing the songs "will bring comfort to many". He continues, "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".
Rogue Music Alliance bills itself as "label-like", allowing artists to release music through the company but never owning the actual creative property. "When considering how to release this important work, we chose to go independent because that's what Prince would have wanted", said Boxill in a statement. Universal Music Group acquired the rights to those parts of Prince's back catalog owned by Warner Bros. last year, but Variety reports that representatives for the estate may have misrepresented how much music that actually entails. On June 2, fans will get the opportunity to purchase the disc version of the EP, when RMA releases it across the nation.
Nonetheless, the EP is still dropping this Friday only in the United States though due to "licensing laws".