New U2 Album Leaked on Torrents
The new album scheduled for official release on March 2 is already spreading on the Internet
While bands such as Nine Inch Nails or Radiohead have been successfully using p2p file sharing as means to promote their music and cash in big time, others struggle clumsily (and ineffectively) to keep their music from being leaked on torrents. U2 is such a band. Soon after announcing they plan to make available one single from their upcoming album, “No Line On The Horizon” as a free download pirates beat them to it but…with the whole album.
The blame falls apparently on GetMusic, an Australian online music store which released the songs for sale earlier than supposed. By the time they noticed the error the album had reached into the possession of some people. The rest you can figure out for yourselves.
Back in 2004 U2’s album “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” had the same fate making its debut on the p2p networks more than two weeks before its official release.