One Direction's record label have launched an investigation into the leak of their Comic Relief charity single, 'One Way Or Another'.
The track, a cover of Blondie's punk classic, is being released to raise funds for this year's Comic Relief, but appeared online this week. Fans urged each other not to listen to the track before its official premiere. Now, a record label investigation into the leak has been launched.
"It is very disappointing that the song has been leaked and we are currently investigating the matter," said Syco records in a statement to The Mirror newspaper.
'One Way Or Another' has now been removed from YouTube, but it has already been picked up and shared on other sites, and fans are still able to listen to it.
Fans are now using Twitter and social networks to urge others not to listen to the song yet, or at least to listen and then to wait and buy it - so as not to ruin the charity aspect of the track.
One fan wrote, "if u listened to the leaked cover of one way or another u should be ashamed," while another said, "Do not illegally download One Way or Another! It's a CHARITY single, make sure your money goes to a good cause, not someone's back pocket!"
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Despite recording the track for charity, One Direction have come under criticism from rising indie star Jake Bugg, who claims that fans will soon grow up and forget all about the boyband.
Speaking to Q magazine, Bugg said: "One Direction? The young girls will grow up and forget about 'em.
"There's only [one direction] they'll be going after that, isn't there? Down. I'm interested in which songs, artists, will be remembered in 50 years' time."
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