Amazon made the MP3 version of Bruce Springsteen’s new album available for purchase two and a half weeks ahead of release date.
High Hopes is scheduled for a January 14th release date, but was briefly available on Amazon mobile on December 28th. The album is now circulating on file-sharing sites.
The retailer has an “Amazon Bonus Limited Edition” CD/ DVD version for pre-order. This version includes bonus tracks and “a live DVD of Bruce and the E Street Band performing the entire “Born In The U.S.A.” album in London, England, during the historic Wrecking Ball World Tour“. Perhaps the relationship between Amazon and Springsteen’s team has soured since this was agreed upon.
There’s been no official word from Amazon or the label regarding the leak. Will the buzz benefit Springsteen, or will the leak eat into sales?