In an interview on People Icons: Gone Too Soon, a special airing on ABC, Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, said that her brother had predicted his own death three years ago. 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. After Prince's death, Boxill completed recording and mixing the songs.
The six tracks that make up the release are all previously unreleased, with Prince co-writing and co-producing the songs with frequent collaborator Ian Boxill between 2006 and 2008.
Ahead of the EP's release, the title track of the EP dropped on Tuesday night.
"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. When considering how to release this important work, we made a decision to go independent because that's what Prince would have wanted", said Boxill in a statement. The project is titled Deliverance and is available to pre-order now on iTunes. It is rounded off by an extended version of "I Am".
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Deliverance will be released nationwide June 2 at major retailers, including Target and Walmart. According to Prince's website, however, it is now only available in the United States because of licensing laws.
A rep for Universal, which technically could have rights to the recordings under the terms of the deal it is now trying to get out of, declined comment; a rep for Prince's estate did not respond to requests for comment.
Rogue Music Alliance bills itself as "label-like", allowing artists to release music through the company but never owning the actual creative property.