Online campaign follows leak of demos back in April
Andrew Trendell
14:21 9th December 2013

Fans have launched an online petition calling for XL Recordings to release Jai Paul's debut album in full. 

Earlier this year, what we believed to be his debut (but was in fact an unauthorised leak of his demos) was 'released' online after a laptop containing the tracks was stolen. XL then issued an official statement regarding the legality of Jai recently 'released' debut album - and it was anything but legal. Either way, the 'album' was grand and critically acclaimed. 

Now, fans have launched a petition online here, calling for a proper release. 

"2 singles in 3 years aren’t enough. We want more!," says the petition. "The “leak” was seriously the best album of this year. Unfortunately we cannot reward him for this Masterpiece."

It continues: "So please XL Recordings,give Jai the chance to release an album."

Listen to Jai Paul's (legal) track 'Jasmine' below

XL's official statement following the leak back in April 2013 said: "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."

Following rapturous acclaim from fans and critics alike, Jai Paul took to Twitter (in his first ever official tweet) to warn fans of the leaked album.

"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.

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