New and old albums leak onto the net every day, yet there's little artists can do once folks start accessing Rapidshare, Sendspace, Zshare, you name it. Well, Stars have chosen not to sit on their asses and be victims. Pitchfork is reporting that as of right this second, the highly anticipated fourth full-length album from the Montreal/Toronto band, In Our Bedroom After the War is officially for sale on iTunes (and for free, illegally, on any number of blogs - but that's not the point here. Support your artists people!).
The band and their label, Arts & Crafts, have issued a statement regarding the matter, saying:
"Traditional music business practice says we are to begin sending out copies of this album now. We give advance copies to print publications in hopes of securing features that coincide with our September date. We meet with radio stations in hopes of securing airplay. etc, etc.
Inevitably someone will leak the album.
Throughout this process, the most important people in this value chain, the fans, are given only two options - wait until September 25th to legally purchase the new album or choose from a variety of sources and download the album for free, at any time.
We hope you'll choose to support the band, and choose to pay for their album. However we don't think it's fair you should have to wait until September 25th to do so.
We believe that the line between the media and the public is now completely grey. What is the difference between a writer for a big glossy music magazine and a student writing about their favourite bands on their blog? What differentiates a commercial radio station from someone adding a song to their lastfm channel? or their myspace page?
As such, we are making the new Stars album available for legal download today, four days after it's completion. The CD and double vinyl versions of the album will still be released on our official release date, September 25th. We hope you will continue to support music retailers should a physical album in all it's packaged glory be your choice of format.
It's our hope that given a clear, legal alternative to downloading music for free, you will choose to support the creators.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Stars and Arts&Crafts"