Those naughty hackers. Nowadays, a ‘leak’ isn’t necessarily a household disaster or an embarrassing bodily malfunction (Geek forbid!); nope, it’s just as likely to refer to the illegal file-sharing of new music from A-list artists, and not necessarily the intended final versions of the songs. Madonna found out the hard way when new tracks from this year’s ‘Rebel Heart’ were first heard in demo form when she was the victim of one such leak late last year.
Sometimes though, despite the whole violation-of-the-artist thing, it does actually work out for music fans. Following pre-release circulation of songs from her new album ‘Vulnicura’, Björk today rush-released the album in its entirety on iTunes to beat the hackers at their own game – no doubt pleasing her legion of fans in the process. If the music is out there illegally, why prolong the wait for the genuine music lovers who still BUY the bloody stuff?
A ‘heartbreak’ album with the Icelandic singer’s usual sonic shape-shifting twist, ‘Vulnicura’ is one of the year’s must-listens. I know I’m off to iTunes right after I post this – you too?