From The Guardian:
Just over a week ago, over a year and a half after it was first uploaded to YouTube, a video by an obscure soul singer called Milky Edwards suddenly started to go viral. The clip features a faceless record collector taking what he describes as a “hard to find” vinyl copy of Starman by Milky Edwards and the Chamberlings out of its sleeve and placing it on his record player. A reassuring crackle follows the needle hitting the wax and then the song begins: an introduction seemingly lifted from “You Keep Me Hanging On” by the Supremes, a “huh!” worthy of Edwin Starr at his peak, and then a supercharged, hand-clapping, foot-stomping, gospel soul cover of David Bowie’s “Starman” that knocks the original into the next solar system.
Various clues, including an album cover reminiscent of The Supremes Reflections (using a modern font called Mojo Standard), reveal the album to be a hoax.
So it’s definitely a fake. Which just leaves the obvious question: why? What could possibly be gained from recording such spectacular cover versions and then pretending that they were actually from the 70s? Someone had even gone to the trouble of posting a YouTube comment in February of this year that Milky Edwards and the Chamberlings had been signed to Mercury, but the singer had become a Satanist and committed suicide, at which point the label deleted most of the band’s back catalogue.
The rest is here.
Just for comparison, here’s that Reflections album cover.