If you thought about downloading Ru Paul’s new album, Born Naked, illegally — you might be in for a surprise.
Ru Paul decided to put a decoy version of the album on popular file sharing sites. The decoy features modified versions of songs that trick listeners into thinking they have the real thing until the jam is interrupted with witty messages from Ru Paul himself.
For example, on the bootleg version of “Freaky Money” RuPaul chimes in, “You done stole my album! Uh uh, no you better don’t, hooker! You better get your tail on over to iTunes, baby!” He also offers some behind-the-scenes commentary about the song the listener is attempting to listen to.
The move follows in the footsteps of Madonna, who in 2003 uploaded a decoy version of her hit album “American Life” to peer-to-peer file sharing sites. Just as listeners were getting ready to start various songs, they were interrupted by Madge’s own voice saying, “What the f**k do you think you’re doing?”
We wonder why we haven’t seen more artists take this approach over the years. It’s a fun strategy — especially when done with added info about the songs like Ru did.
Take a listen to a few Ru Paul’s hilariously entertaining decoy tracks below. When you’re done, head on over to iTunes to check out the real Born Naked, which is available for purchase now.
In other Ru Paul news, the ‘Pit Crew’ from Ru Paul’s Drag Race now have their own webseries.
Pit Crew regulars Shawn Morales and Jason Carter are joined by new models Simon Sherry Wood and Miles Davis Moody. The scantily-clad pit crew have traditionally been eye-candy, but this season they’re kicking things up a notch on their weekly web series, Oh Pit Crew.
In the first episode, the men strike poses for celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz while jumping into a vat of RuPaul’s old foam hip pads.
Get into clip below!