18th Bruce Springsteen Album May Have Leaked
What counts as a leak – when an album simply ends up online, although no one knows how it exactly did, or when someone intentionally puts it up? Right now, that’s still a mystery for Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming 18th studio album, High Hopes.
If you weren’t aware, the album ended up online this weekend. On December 28, Amazon’s mobile store added the LP to be purchased track by track only. Since that point, the release has been taken down, but that doesn’t mean others didn’t purchase it. Instead, it appears that some did and have since added the music to file sharing websites.
Because this potential leak occurred through Amazon and not, say, YouTube, Soundcloud, or a file sharing site, no one knows if this was an accident or a brief, intentional promotion.
High Hopes comes out in January 2014. This past fall, a source came to Billboard to talk about the release, giving details in the process. Rather than wait it out, Springsteen came forward at the end of November with a track list and official release date.
High Hopes, a follow-up to 2012’s Wrecking Ball, includes 12 tracks of original, previously recorded, and cover material. Title track “High Hopes” was originally recorded by the band in the mid-‘90s, while other revisited songs include “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and “American Skin (41 Shots).”
Additionally, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello joins the band for eight of the 12 tracks.
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