Police in Spain arrested a 31-year-old man Wednesday and charged him with illegally obtaining an early recording of a new Madonna song and putting the recording on the internet.
Police did not release the name of the man arrested in the city of Zaragoza which is in northern Spain, but did disclose that his initials were J.M.R. and that he was a huge fan of the singer. He was charged and released, a police statement said.
At least one demo recording of "Give Me All Your Love" was posted on the web in November, two months before Madonna planned to release her first new album since "Hard Candy" which was completed in 2008.
The investigation into the leaked song was dubbed "Madonnaleaks" and it began after lawyers for the singer, who claim the pop singer said in November that she was very upset over the leak, and traced the posting to Spain. Police said they found recordings of the song when they searched the suspect's belongings.
Spain is one of the world's largest copyright violators and intellectual property watchdogs have targeted the country in recent years. The Socialist government, which left office this week, had prepared a bill aimed at shutting down file sharing web sites providing copyrighted material. But the law was never sent to Parliament, according to Reuters.
Shortly after the track was available on the internet, Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary, took to Twitter to address the leak, he posted: "The plan was for new music to come out in the new year. I'm very happy with the positive reaction to the demo, but we are very upset with whoever leaked the song!!!!!!!!"
The final version of “Gimme All Your Luvin” includes features from Nicki Minaj and MIA.
According to media reports, the singer is said to be working with Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman on her new album.