Kylie Minogue's new album has been leaked onto the internet. In the last week 10 demos of songs have appeared on file-sharing sites available to fans to download free of charge. Among the tracks that have appeared are 'Stars', 'Fall For You' and 'Sensitized', but some music industry insiders claim the LP has been leaked deliberately to whip up a frenzy of interest.
Music industry analyst Phil Tripp, who runs Australian music consultancy company Immedia!, alleged: "She and her record company leaked the tracks deliberately. It's the newest gimmick in the industry, the leaking of tracks. It's the new marketing black. Everyone in the industry needs as much exposure as you can get, and you need as much advance publicity as possible."
However, Kylie's representatives deny the leaks are a clever marketing ploy. Her spokesperson said: "There would be no point in leaking songs on the net this far ahead of its release." The album is not due to come out for several months.