Hawkins pays £350 for his own album
Advance copies of the record were sent to record companies and reviewers ahead of its public release on November 28.
When a copy appeared on online-auction site Ebay, Hawkins was determined to stop it getting out.
He said: "It's encoded so we'll have a name and a number - so we'll know which disc it is, who distributed it and who they distributed it to. And that person is going to go down.
"He is either going to get some sort of legal intervention or he certainly won't receive an album from our record company ever again."