Last year we saw a band upload a silent album to Spotify so they could get paid… and it worked.
But what happens if you upload someone else’s music to iTunes and other music services and try and pass it off as your own?
Apparently it also works!
That’s what a singer going by the name “Lucia Cole” has done. She uploaded an album called Innocence to iTunes, Spotify, TIDAL, and Amazon. All the songs on the album are actually Jessica Simpson songs from the early 2000s with either identical or slightly altered titles. This albums has been up since the end of May.
Lucia Cole still has one single up on iTunes called “Forbidden”. The song is actually Jessica Simpson’s “Forbidden Fruit”. I know because I played the iTunes Store preview and asked Siri to identify the song…
The album is still listed on Spotify, but is no longer playable.
The album is still up on Amazon.
A Twitter account for the artist has 64,200 followers. Most of them were presumably bought.
Shaquille O’Neal endorsed Lucia Cole on Twitter, saying these old Jessica Simpson songs are the “new Mariah Carey”.
Bossip also did an ‘exclusive interview’ with Lucia Cole…
NPR checked Soundscan, and they say no Lucia Cole song has sold more than five copies.
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