Today Daniel De Bourg‘s new EP ‘X Play Part One‘ entered the iTunes chart, such was the purchasing frenzy that it quickly snaked its way up to No.2 – only just held off by Chris Brown‘s ‘X’ (Deluxe Version)
The former X Factor contestant has made somewhat of a stir on Youtube since leaving the show, releasing a number of videos performing self penned tracks as well as cover versions of hits by artists he respects. Earlier this year global superstar Paloma Faith tweeted her appreciation at Daniel’s cover of her Top 10 single ‘Can’t Rely On You’
— Paloma Faith (@Palomafaith) January 16, 2014
But it seems not everyone share’s Paloma’s appreciation when it comes to covering their tracks – Frank Ocean being one such artist who, over the previous weekend, pulled De Bourg’s cover of ‘Lost’.
The ‘vocal only’ cover had racked up a considerable number of views since its release and is a firm favorite with De Bourg’s strong army of fans. The pulling of ‘Lost’ meant that De Bourg’s Youtube channel has been put into default, stopping him from actively promoting his music for 6 months!
This could not have come at a worse time with the imminent release of ‘X Play Part One’ looming. He took to Facebook and Twitter in response
“In times like this, it becomes very clear who is simply masquerading as a friend and who really does have your back…” he began “It transpires that the lovely Mr Frank Ocean & Def Jam have had my all vocal rendition of LOST removed from Youtube. This has put my Youtube channel in default and I can’t use the channel to actively promote my music for THE NEXT 6 MONTHS!
This could NOT have come at a worse time with just 3 DAYS to go before the new EP goes live… I mean… for f@$* sake Frank!?
I’m currently fighting the decision because as long as there is no use of the original master recording in a rendition then there are no grounds for copyright infringement.
Anyhow… I need my friends more than ever now, with my promoting power temporarily reduced to FB & Twitter, I’m totally reliant on you guys to back me up here…”
The De Bourg army is a true force to be reckoned with as they took to social media over the weekend, tweeting their support to their compardre’s – the end result? ‘X Play’ getting to No. 2 on the day of its release.
Frank Ocean has been approached to comment on the situation but so far has failed to respond.
‘X Play Part One’ can be downloaded from iTunes now.