September 30, 2010 9:50

Kanye West cancels 'Good Fridays' free music giveaway after album leak

Rapper-producer says there will be no free tunes tomorrow (Oct 1) after tracks from album appear on blogs

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Kanye West has announced he is cancelling his weekly Friday music giveaway after tracks from his forthcoming album leaked online.

The rapper-producer has been giving away new songs each week under the banner ‘Good Fridays’ via his Twitter account.

However, West has informed fans there will be no free music this week (October 1) after songs from his album, expected to be out in November, have circulated online via various blogs.

Among the songs that have appeared is one featuring samples from Bon Iver and Gil Scott-Heron.

Writing on Twitter, West said he was upset by the leak, particularly because the versions circulated are not finished and he had been generous supplying music for free already.

"Due to blogs leaking unfinished songs from my actual album I've decided to pass on Good Fridays this week," he wrote this morning (September 30).

"It's messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone... I love to take a year to finish my songs and deliver them to you guys in their most completed form. It would have seemed like since I give free music every week even the lowest form of human being would respect that enough not to leak unfinished songs from my real album."

Of the record itself, West told fans that he had not finalised an exact release date or album title yet despite completing it.

"I'm still contemplating my album date. I'm finished with it but when should I drop?" he asked. "I can't decide on my album title either uuuugh!!!!"

For some new music from West, his regular DJ A-Trak, Armand Van Helden and the likes of Vampire Weekend, Santigold and Pharrell Williams, check out Duck Sauce's new video 'Barbra Streisand' which sees a host of artists paying tribute to New York and, apparently, the singer.

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