Dance record label Ninjatune has taken the unusual step of naming a journalist who leaked two of their releases onto the internet.
The leaks are common when copies of forthcoming album is made available to the media and record label officials, but those who leak are seldom named.
Writing on their official website Ninjatune.net, the label posted a message which names German journalist Benjamin Jager of Backspin Magazine as the leaker of albums from Toddla T – pictured above -and Thundercat.
The message reads:
It was with considerable disappointment that we learnt in the last week that two records we have been working on have been leaked. Toddla T‘s ‘Watch Me Dance’ and Thundercat‘s ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’ were both leaked from copies sent to the journalist Benjamin Jager at the offices of Backspin magazine in Germany.
The availability of these records online for free has meant a rush release of the digital version of Toddla‘s record, which, after the years of work put in, will seriously affect the ability to make any kind of financial return from commercial release. It is very hard for young, up and coming artists to make a living from their music. People uploading their music months before it is commercially available are not doing them any favours.
As yet neither Jager or Backspin have formally commented on Ninjatune‘s reaction.