Kylie Minogue has a new album coming out in a few months, but tracks from the disc have already made their way to the Internet. In this situation, one would think that the source of the leak would be sought out and held liable. Not the case.
Why might this be? Well, industry insiders believe that the songs - 'Stars', 'Fall For You' and 'Sensitized' - were leaked deliberately by Minogue in what is being called the newest music industry gimmick.
Phil Tripp, who runs Australian music consultancy company Immedia!, stated: "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 reps denied these allegations as nonsense. Her spokesperson said: "There would be no point in leaking songs on the net this far ahead of its release."
Either way, they're out there and garnering attention - doing exactly what Mr. Tripp had insinuated.
In other Kylie news, the singer has officially agreed to coach contestants on the reality television music star search show 'X Factor'.
This move pairs her up with her sister, Dannii Minogue, who is a judge on the program. "Dannii knew Kylie would be perfect as a coach for the show. She's a superstar and it's a chance of a lifetime for the contestants to learn from such a pro," the Mirror quoted a source, as saying.
Enjoy the pictures of Kylie headed out to an Italian restaurant with her parents on Saturday (June 9) and leaving her London hotel the previous day (June 8).