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Prince's new album won't see the light of day if his estate gets its way -- and the legal battle's already resulted in the new music getting removed from iTunes and Apple Music.
The "Deliverance" album vanished from Apple's platforms Wednesday around 3:30 PM PT. When you search for it on iTunes it shows no results for Prince, and Apple Music says the album is "not available." It was #1 on the pre-order chart.
Meanwhile, Prince's estate went into court Wednesday asking a judge to block the album's release ... in conjunction with a lawsuit it filed against the producer behind the EP.
Apple itself wasn't named in the suit, but seems like it's waiting for the legal dust to settle. We've reached out to Apple, but haven't heard back.
Google Play has also pulled it, while Amazon still has it up for pre-order, but you don't immediately get the title track ... like you previously could on Apple.
Prince's estate is putting the brakes on the planned release of a new album, thanks to a court ruling in its favor ... TMZ has learned.
A federal judge granted the estate's request Wednesday for a restraining order -- which means the "Deliverance" EP will NOT be released on Friday, the first anniversary of Prince's death.
According to docs, obtained by TMZ, the court said it appears George Ian Boxill, the producer who put together "Deliverance" has no right to distribute the music to the public. The judge referenced a confidentiality agreement purportedly signed by Boxill when recording with Prince in 2006.
Boxill was ordered to turn over all recordings to the estate.
The restraining order will expire on May 3, unless the court extends it. There will be a hearing before then to address the matter.
The order does not address the fact the album has already been pre-ordered by millions of Prince fans. Anyone who did so on iTunes before it was removed Wednesday ... got an immediate download of one song.
Enjoy it if you did ... it appears that horse has left the barn.
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UPDATE:Per RollingStone.Com,the title track for "Deliverance" is back up for sale at www,deliverance.is,but remains off all streaming services.
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Ive been meaning to give dream theatre a listen to for a while but I never got around to it. Im guessing I shouldnt start with this album?
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