MySpace Prepares Talib Kweli, M.I.A. Album Exclusives

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MySpace is now pushing a number of high-profile streaming album exclusives, part of its growing music initiative.

Starting this Friday, MySpace is offering an exclusive peek at the upcoming Talib Kweli album, Eardrum.  The preview, at myspace.com/talibkweli, will last through the album release date of August 21st.  Kweli (Blacksmith/Warner Bros.) has roughly 200,000 MySpace friends.

Also in the mix is M.I.A. (XL/Interscope), who is readying her second studio album, Kala.  The Sri Lankan artist is now previewing the release on myspace.com/mia, though the action only lasts through Thursday.  Additionally, MySpace is also featuring a preview from the New Young Ponys (Modular), a UK-based group that is now pushing their debut album in the United States.

MySpace now boasts a total band population of roughly three million.  Previous album previews have come from the Black Eyed Peas, Weezer, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Neil Diamond, Queens of the Stone Age, R.E.M. and Audioslave.

Story by news analyst Alexandra Osorio.