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Who leaks music albums and why?

Formerly, we used to wait for albums so long that our calendars would be marked with a red-letter day if one of our divas was to deliver a disc that day. There was a glory behind the boxed delivery, the opening and the scrutinizing of the artwork and sleeve. “That back cover should have been in the front,” you would hear us complain about Madonna’s Erotica.

Enter – the phenomenon of the music leak. Albums for a decade now started hitting the internet a couple of days, sometimes weeks, before the release date. As music-heads, we can’t help but wait for it to hit the iTunes store or another download site. The unboxing of the album has vanished and now we wouldn’t know who artists thanked in their album notes if our lives depended on it.

In fact, we have become so accustomed to the online version that sometimes we pass by a record store and an album catches our eye – “Wow, that’s how the final package turned out” or “I didn’t know it came in a jewel case and the actual CD was that color” you’d hear us say.

It’s a new world and almost every album now is guaranteed to leak before it makes it to the stores or your online music provider. Well, allegedly there are several reasons why this happens and they are:

  • A stolen leak: This leak is what it says. Someone decides to steal a computer or from a database (through a hack) and share it with the world either to get hits on their site, seek revenge or, in some people’s cases, boast about it to fellow fans. This is case with a leak from Madonna’s MDNA album ways before its time. Of course, Madge had to call the cops to get the guys.
  • A record label leak: The record labels send it out to undisclosed recipients or a random bloggers in order to give it a marketing boost. Of course, the record label would not confess to this, but it does generate great buzz especially when the songs leak individually over a span of time. This way people would continuously be talking about it until it comes out. This recently happened with Christina Aguilera’s Lotus.
  • The factory leak: Before the album comes out it must be manufactured and packaged. Some of the those pesky handlers could / would drag one of these copies and hand them to a fan or an interested person for a much-coveted price. Not sure if this happened on record, but it has to be in existence. You’d know what we mean if you have visited the piracy stalls in the Far East where we found a copy of Victoria Beckham’s second album, Open Your Eyes,  which has yet to see the light of day.
  • A journalist leak: This one is the oldest form of the leak phenomenon. A copy of the album is sent to a newspaper, magazine or radio station for review purposes or to hold until the album comes out. The journalist would send it to a fan of the band or artist and it would spread from there. This happens less these days, but was detrimental on Mariah Carey’s Glitter sales.
  • An official leak: This is when a record label or an artist knowingly leaks an album online and everyone is happy with the decision. This is very prevalent with EPs and Mixtapes like M.I.A.’s Vicki Leekx.
  • The iTunes leak: iTunes accidentally registers an album with the wrong release date and it comes out that day on their servers. This rarely happens but it has in Ani DiFranco’s Reprieve case.

There you have it – the reasons why albums leak. To tell you the truth, it’s hard to imagine the world without the music leak. It gives you what you want, before you want it. In fact, most best selling albums these days perform better on the charts if the music was leaked prior to its availability.

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Kelis confirms new album!

As she personally told us here at, Kelis has finished recording her new album set for 2012 release. Her record company has confirmed: “Kelis is now finishing her new album due for release in autumn 2012 and has been working with producers including Skream, BURNS, Tom Neville, Dan Black and Caspa.” This is exciting news. We want more.

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Introducing… Lianne La Havas


Watch out for the new beats of 2012. Lianne La Havas is a great new talent that sounds and feels like a merger between Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones without the pretense. Her sound is raw and sombre. She takes bluesy folk into a contemporary dimension, very much in the Ane Brun sense. She is a child of the Instagram generation. The young (only 21) damsel has just signed to major label Warner Music and she will be making waves next year, although she has garnered quite a following on Twitter and Facebook. More to come from this lovely newcomer.


Adele cancels tour, is still sick!

Adele has had to cancel more concert dates of her tour to promote 21because of what is becoming a prolonged illness. Adele has been having issues with her voice and some have suggested that the leave was for vocal rest. But, it seems that the “it” girl of the moment is still not well.

A statement from her record label explains: “It is with deep regret that Adele has been forced to cancel her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011. She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected. As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments. 

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Video Premiere: “Someone Like You” by Adele

To tell you the truth this song is an eyesore. For one the biggest ballads of this decade and the #1 song in the world, this is a sham and proof that some record companies are out there merely for profiteering. For a minute there, it looked like the record company was not going to release another video and only relied on her previous live performance, which propelled the sing to the top of the UK charts. But, this is just inexcusable, the live version’s video would have been a better offering.


Beyonce’s next single from “4” is “Party”

It has been announced that Beyonce has decided (or her record label, or collectively) that the next single after “Run The World (Girls)” and “Best Thing I Never Had” from 4 will be the Andre 3000 featuring “Party.” This is definitely not one of the strongest tracks on the album. We wanted “I Care” or, of course, “End Of Time,” which would have propelled the album sales to new heights. The track’s not so bad, but there are other great moments of there.

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