Angel Haze tried leaking her debut album, Dirty Gold, yesterday after expressing her frustration with the label. Angel wanted the album to come out before the end of 2013, but had received a March 2014 date from Island Records. She put the album up on SoundCloud, but it was swiftly taken down.
Last night, she announced that due to the pressure she put on the label by leaking the album, they had moved the release date up to December 30. She tweeted the following message
Behind every rebel is a fucking reason. Just want to say thank you guys for your support today. Thanks to those who heard the album and fucked with it. Thanks to everyone who stood up for me. My labels didn't think that I would do it, but I did. It's hard to put at risk everything I've spent this year working on but I had to for both me and you guys. No one should ever be afforded the opportunity to fuck with your dreams. REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE. They do not own you or your faith or your future and because of what you guys helped me show them. My labels have agreed to release Dirty Gold December 30th. Uk & US. (Rest of the world, we are coming for you as well). Thank you all. Night
Angel is not the first artist to have had issues with her label over delayed release dates. M.I.A. famously threatened to leak her new album because she felt Interscope was taking too long. More recently, Jeezy took to Twitter to air out Def Jam over their inability to give his album a release date.