Earlier this week, Kanye West’s much-delayed album Yandhi was uploaded to Apple’s iTunes store—as ringtones. But they were later removed after it transpired that the songs were actually leaks.
According to Genius, songs from Yandhi first surfaced on iTunes in early September as 26-second ringtones. It was later discovered on October 1 by Reddit users who uploaded screenshots of the tracklist, which included songs like “Alien,” “New Body” and “We Got Love.” Each ringtone was priced at $1.29, the FADER noted.
However, Apple later discovered that the ringtones weren’t official and removed them from iTunes. As The Verge reports, the songs were uploaded by ENZO Label, “an unknown entity that isn’t associated with any of the usual players West releases music through, like Def Jam Music Group or Roc Nation Records.”
The Verge also adds that ENZO Label has a track record of sharing illegal copies of original songs on various streaming platforms. It had previously shared modified versions of “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions and “Junk of the Heart” by The Kooks.
“The label’s pattern is to keep the song name intact but tweak the artist name, and label all of its releases as ‘alternative,’ regardless of genre,” The Verge explains.
Meanwhile, Ye recently announced that a new documentary chronicling the making of his upcoming record, Jesus is King, will arrive in IMAX theaters on October 25. The record, which was initially due to arrive on September 27, has been delayed because of “a few final tweaks to mixes,” West’s wife Kim Kardashian said on social media. A new official release date for the album remains unknown.