telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Anatomy of a leaked album by Barbecue Bros
August 1, 2007, 11:01 am
Filed under: music

There used to be a sort of gentleman’s agreement about new records: On the announced release date, they’d appear in stores, and magazines, newspapers, and radio stations would pretend that they’d suddenly sprung into existence on that particular Tuesday morning (or, in the case of a few big names, Monday at midnight). The only way to hear them earlier was to be in the music industry or a member of the press.

All that, of course, was before file-sharing became rampant — not just through old-fashioned peer-to-peer services, but by virtue of new technologies that can spread recordings widely and quickly. Nowadays, there is no such thing as an album that can’t be heard before its release date. Absolutely everything leaks. The question is when and how, and what that means for the future of music.

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