Just bizarre. Full story at the Telegraph:
Some of the world’s biggest pop stars have fallen victim to the practice, which sees near perfect copies of their latest songs enter the charts before they have even released their own version.
A fortnight ago, for the first time, one of these copies – a cover version of a song by the band Maroon 5 – made it into the top ten of the British charts before the real track was released.
On June 17, a track called “Payphone (Maroon 5 Feat Wiz Khalifa Tribute)” by an unknown group calling itself Precision Tunes made it to number nine in the official charts, purely on the basis of online downloads.
This was a week before the US band Maroon 5 and the rapper Wiz Khalifa released the official version of their song “Payphone”.
In April ‘Carly Rae Jepsen Tribute Team’ got to number 49 with a cover of “Call Me Maybe” a week before the Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen released the original version of her song.