Published May 24, 2011Last week, we were treated to "Calgary," the first sampling ofBon Iver's upcoming self-titled album. Shortly after the gentle, synth-laden tune was released, label Jagjaguwar made the lyric sheet for the whole album available because, well, the record got leaked about a month earlier than its scheduled June 21 street date. The culprits for the pre-mature sampling, oddly enough, may be online retailer iTunes.
While the Apple retailer was sanctioned to sell "Calgary" starting on May 17, Rolling Stone reports that iTunes accidentally rolled out the whole of Bon Iver album by mistake. By the time the error was corrected, a number of customers had purchased the album in full and uploaded the tunes to torrents and other sharing services.
For the record, neither iTunes, Jagjaguwar nor Bon Iver's Justin Vernon have commented on the matter.
This isn't the first time iTunes would have uploaded a leak in err. The Norwegian iTunes store uploaded popster Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted a month early back in 2009, while the Raconteurs' Consolers of the Lonely also shared a similar fate in 2008.
But remember, folks. Just because the leak is out there, it doesn't mean you have to download it illegally. Good things come to those who wait, right?