U2 Album Leaked Down Under
February 20, 2009 at 5:06 AM (PT)
Full CD-quality copies of every song on U2's upcoming album, "No Line On The Horizon," have been leaked on to the web after UNIVERSAL MUSIC AUSTRALIA accidentally put it up for sale on its online music store two weeks early, reports THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The album -- U2's 12th -- goes on sale on MARCH 3rd, but it was available to download for a brief period this week on getmusic.com.au, run by UNIVERSAL MUSIC AUSTRALIA.
The U2 fan blog, U2log.com, published a screenshot showing it had bought the album for $19.80.
It's not clear if the leak to illegal download sites was a result of this error, however, it is the likely explanation as U2 has kept the album under wraps and reportedly sent no preview copies to the press. Scores of fans -- both in AUSTRALIA and overseas -- have posted on unofficial U2 message boards saying they bought the album from getmusic.com.au during the period it was available.
In JANUARY last year, U2's longtime manager, PAUL MCGUINNESS, lashed out at music pirates at an industry conference.
He slammed Internet service providers, saying they had "enjoyed a bonanza" in the last few years by accepting fees from illegal downloaders while doing nothing to prevent them from stealing music. He joined the chorus of music industry players calling on ISPs to disconnect users who have been caught obtaining music illegally. "Their snouts have been at our trough feeding free for too long," said MCGUINNESS.
In 2004, tracks from U2's last album, "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," were leaked after a CD containing them were stolen from a photo shoot in the south of FRANCE.