A cease & desist letter has been issued to the person responsible for leaking Drake's new song "Showin Off."
One of the biggest headlines yesterday was a new Drake track possibly surfacing by means of a leak. While "God's Plan" is still dominantly ruling the universe, spending its seventh week atop the Billboard charts, Drizzy is already planning his next smash hit, and it's in the form of a Lauryn Hill-sampled song called "Showin Off." When the audio from the track caught people's attention, it spread like wildfire, as anything Drake-related usually does. However, the footage being shared was not from an authorized source and thus, sharing the track breaks copyright rules. When Drake's label caught wind of what was going on, they dropped the hammer swiftly, offering a few letters to those responsible.
Cease & desist letters were officially sent out to whoever was responsible for the initial leak of the song, with the track formally being referred to as "Showin Off," confirming the suggested title. The letter in question states the following: “We have learned that your service is making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the following sound recordings, the copyrights in which are exclusively owned by one or more IFPI Represented Companies: DRAKE – SHOWIN OFF – Universal Music Group.”
While leaks have been historically common in the music industry, labels have kept their artist's music relatively under wraps for the last several years, making a leak of a high-profile song of this magnitude a surprising suspect. Get a look at the letter below and let us know if you think the track will ever surface?