Following the release of music ‘albums’ by Radio DJs in recent years, the BPI has announced it is to launch a tough crackdown on the main offenders before further tawdry attempts at fleecing a gullible public can be mounted.

Speaking to music journalists industry spokesman, Dan Sinclair, said: ‘This blatant opportunism has now become sinister manipulation. It’s nothing more than unbridled greed and shows the record industry in a very bad light.’

‘These so-called albums are just a thinly-veiled marketing device to flog playlists of old-as-the-hills back catalogue material, yet have the bare-faced cheek to imply these DJs have some element of creative input. It’s a disgrace and needs to be stopped now.’

But Radio 2’s Steve Wright and Dermot O’Leary, both key exponents of the genre, have hit back denying none of their many ‘albums’ are merely cheap ‘cash-ins’ or ‘nice little earners’.

In a joint statement they argue they spend ‘nearly fifteen minutes on each project’ choosing from a list of songs sent to them by publishers, so that makes their albums ‘true labours of love and valid musical creations in their own right.’

Meanwhile The Ministry of Sound refused to comment after allegations were put to them that they are probably the worst offenders of the lot in seeking to pass off the music of others as somehow having creative content inspired by their popular London discotheque.