Rap star Kanye West‘s spokesman has stepped up to clear the air on rumors about his laptop being stolen and hacked into this week.

Despite the widespread coverage, Def Jam senior vice president Gabriel Tesoriero put an end to the speculation Wednesday (March 11).

“The stories circulating that Kanye West’s laptop has been stolen are completely false,” he said in a statement. “His laptop has never been out of his possession. Hence, the laptop has not been hacked, and there has been no leak of personal data such as unreleased music, photographs, designs, videos or any other personal files. The leak today of the unreleased track ‘Awesome’ was unrelated and completely coincidental.” (The New York Times)

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Buzz about Kanye’s laptop being taken from him bubbled online early Wednesday.

They always say to watch out for pickpockets while traveling overseas, and it looks like that applies to laptops, too. Kanye West’s labelmate Malik Yusef has seemingly confirmed on Twitter that Kanye’s laptop was stolen during his trip to Paris, and that a “private investigation” is under way. Then, this morning, one song from the previously unreleased Kim Kardashian dedication “Awesome” mysteriously surfaced online. (Vulture)

Pop icon Madonna revealed her involvement on Kanye’s upcoming So Help Me God album

“[Kanye] ended up only working on four songs and then we wrote another song together, which is going to be on his record,” Madonna said referring to her music-making sessions with Kanye. (Complex)

A Def Jam representative called a new So Help Me God tracklisting bogus after it emerged last week.

The supposedly leaked internal memo about Kanye West’s So Help Me God that’s been making the rounds on Twitter is not real, Gabe Tesoriero—Def Jam’s executive vice president of media and creative development—told FADER in an email. (The FADER)