And Finally Releases

Jai Paul releases album. Except it wasn’t him. Or maybe it was. No, it wasn’t. Or maybe it was

By | Published on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Jai Paul

So, there was much excitement for the excitable inhabitants of the internet at the weekend when that Jai Paul suddenly released his long, long, long awaited debut album. Except that, rather than being released via all good download stores by his label XL, he just chucked it up on Bandcamp and started selling it himself. The scamp.

Or did he? Because freelance music journalist Owen Myers then tweeted yesterday morning: “Jai Paul just emailed me: ‘I will be releasing a statement later today about the illegal leak. I have not released a new record'”.

Oh dear. Later a brief statement from Paul direct was posted on Twitter, in which he said: “To confirm: demos on Bandcamp were not uploaded by me, this is not my debut album. Please don’t buy. Statement to follow later. Thanks, Jai”.

Cripes, what a palaver. Or a Paulaver. Seems someone has been profiting from stolen music. Whatever next? But it’s OK, the album’s been taken down now and we can all rest easy.

Except we can’t, because now there’s a massive conspiracy theory that this is some kind of weird promotional campaign and that actually was Paul’s album. Who knows? I don’t.

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