Brit winner Tom Odell delays debut album to avoid 'leak'

27/03/13

Tom Odell

Tom Odell has pushed back the UK release of his debut album, saying he wants to avoid having it "leak" online.

Long Way Down, originally due for release next month, will now come out in the UK in June.

The singer explained the album will now come out at the same time in the US, where he says "things are going well".

He said: "These days having different release dates would mean the album may end up getting leaked which is not fair on all of you who paid for it."

In December 2012 Odell beat off competition from newcomers AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula to follow Adele and Jessie J in being named Brits Critics Choice winner.

Writing on his Facebook page, Odell apologised to those fans in the UK expecting to get the album in April.

"All your pre-orders are still valid of course and I'm really sorry to keep you waiting longer," he wrote.

Odell was signed in 2012 by Lily Rose Cooper to her label, In The Name Of (ITNO).

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