XL Recordings have released a statement concerning the Jai Paul album that was released to Bandcamp on Sunday (April 14).
Though widely believed to be Paul’s long awaited debut album when it suddenly ‘dropped’ at the weekend, Paul took to Twitter on Monday to say that the album was not, in fact, an official release. “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,” he wrote.
Now, XL Recordings have followed up with an official statement confirming Paul’s comments. It says:
“As widely reported, on Sunday 14th April, music by XL Recordings artist Jai Paul was illegally made available via a fake Bandcamp account. This music was not uploaded by Jai and it’s not his debut album – it is a collection of various unfinished recordings from Jai’s past.”
“Neither XL or Jai will take any money from the sale of this music. We have been working with Bandcamp and PayPal to resolve this situation and they have told us all purchases will be refunded within the next 7 days.”
There is still no word on when, exactly, Paul’s album will see the light of day. Not much is known about Jai Paul, who has so far kept himself out of the public eye. Paul broke onto the scene in 2007 with the demo release of his track ‘BTSTU’. The song has since been sampled by artists such as Beyoncé and Drake, earning the UK singer worldwide acclaim.