Earlier this week, a demo version of a Timbaland/Timberlake-helmed song performed by 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis called “Don’t Let Me Down” leaked. An investigation into who put the track, which is supposed to be Lewis’ “comeback” single, out there has been launched by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI);. Apparently there are hackers involved!
The Sun is reporting that the demo version of “Don’t Let Me Down”—along with a few other Lewis songs, as well as some demos by 2008 X Factor winner Alexandra Burke—were stolen from the servers of the Simon Cowell/Sony Music joint venture Syco; “Don’t” was subsequently distributed earlier this week. “IFPI is working with Syco and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe to trace the individuals who stole the Leona Lewis/Justin Timberlake track… We work closely with all our members to minimize the damage from such leaks and are actively monitoring and removing illegal copies of this track from the Internet to minimise the disruption caused by the leak,” an IFPI spokesperson told Billboard. For some reason, though, the IFPI hasn’t put the smackdown on YouTube yet, because the track is on the site in multiple forms as of this writing. Here’s a taste!
Yes, that’s right: Leona Lewis’ “comeback” single was going to be nothing more than Another Timbaland-Helmed “Apologize” Rehash. Perhaps someone should launch an investigation as to why Timbo keeps insisting on stealing from Ryan Tedder, because, yuck.
Leona Lewis Leak Investigated [Billboard]
Don’t Let Me Down [YouTube]
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