Bjork's new album out early due to online leak
BJORK said on Tuesday that she would release her new album months ahead of schedule, after she became the latest artist to suffer an online leak.
The Icelandic singer said her first album in three years, Vulnicura, would be out within the next 24 hours and described it as a "complete heartbreak album" about a romantic break-up.
Songs from the album emerged on pirate sites on Tuesday, several days after Bjork had announced that Vulnicura would come out in March and provided a list of songs.
In a message on Facebook and Twitter, she did not directly comment on the leak, but thanked her fans for their interest instead.
Bjork described the album as a "pretty much accurate emotional chronology" with three songs before a break-up and three after.
"The anthropologist in me sneaked in, and I decided to share them as such. At first I was worried it would be too self-indulgent, but then I felt it might make it even more universal," she wrote.
"And hopefully the songs could be a help, a crutch to others and prove how biological this process is: the wound and the healing of the wound," she wrote.
Internet leaks of albums have become increasingly common in an era in which reproducing music files requires little technical skill and pirate websites enjoy an eager listenership.
Madonna released six songs from her upcoming album last month - months ahead of schedule - after early versions emerged on the Internet. In contrast to Bjork, Madonna voiced outrage, calling the leak "artistic rape" and saying that the leaked tracks were not the final versions.
Vulnicura is Bjork's first album since 2011's Biophilia, a wildly ambitious production that used smartphone apps and other multimedia to explore the links between technology, music and nature.