“New Artist” Sells Old Jessica Simpson Songs on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and TIDAL

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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…

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The album is still listed on Spotify, but is no longer playable.

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The album is still up on Amazon.

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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”.

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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.


Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

14 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    That’s a weird story. What about “Lucia Cole’s” YouTube videos — are they Jessica Simpson tracks, too?

    That would be bad news for Content ID.

    • Me

      Not necessarily. If she’s set up to monetize, then the Content ID would just fingerprint all Lucia Cole tracks as Jessica Simpson songs, and all sound recording and publishing royalties would go to the correct rights holders, and all buy links should take you to Jessica Simpson albums.

  2. JTVDigital

    Any distributor will tell you there are people like this trying to game the system every day.
    Hopefully they (almost) always get caught before the copyrighted material reaches the stores.
    Even in case it does, it won’t take more than a couple of days to receive copyright infringement claims from the original right holders (record labels).

    • Anonymous

      “Any distributor will tell you there are people like this trying to game the system every day”

      Yeah, but how could the videos pass YouTube’s Content ID?

      “it won’t take more than a couple of days to receive copyright infringement claims from the original right holders”

      Some of the songs have been available since May, according to Nina.

      • JTVDigital

        Content ID works perfectly.
        The video have been matched with Jessica Simpson’s songs and monetized, example here

        Some labels are faster than others to send copyright infringement notices. But usually it does not take long.
        In any case there is not much impact since the infringing content is being taken down + the royalties are re-allocated to the “real” right holders.

      • Anonymous

        YouTube’s Content ID system actually did pick it up if you look at the description.

    • Monique

      It was listed as being from republic records/universal music. Still can’t understand how anyone can list any label without any kind of verification on iTunes, tidal, spotify, amazon etc.

      Not mentioned in the article but this person also stole “her” pictures from models on instagram… And said she worked with Kelly Clarkson, and other musicians.
      This is crazy. Whoever this is, is crazy!

      • JTVDigital

        It’s not that crazy. This happens every day.

  3. KevinC

    Is she even real? It looks to me like a blackhat attempt to make some money. Those twitter followers is most likely bought, as stated, but “shout outs” from famous people can be bought too.

  4. Connie

    That could never happen on Plum Radio’s app. Where artists are submitting their music to actual DJs, not “fingerprinting” and other types of ID software that come with tons of flaws. Technology folks like to take our music content and say, “its all data in the end of the day.” I prefer saying its actually not, its MUSIC in the end of the day. I don’t want my food treated like a science experiment and I don’t want my music being treated like 1s and 0s.

    • Antinet

      Plum Radio huh? Great contract they have for the artists….patsy. Gotta love these contracts – you retain your rights, but the second you give us anything, we get to use it forever, including in future businesses.

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