Can’t wait? MySpace streams long-delayed Guns N’ Roses album
Just days before the long-awaited Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy hits stores, the band has released the complete album to social networking site MySpace.
Visitors to the band’s MySpace page can listen to the entire album, but will not be able to download the 14 songs. Officially, Chinese Democracy will be released Sunday.
Tracks off the anticipated release, which arrives nearly 15 years after the band’s last album, have previously popped up online both in authorized and unauthorized manners.
This summer, a U.S. blogger was charged with violating U.S. copyright laws for posting leaked tracks from Chinese Democracy on his website in June.
In September, the band chose to debut the song Shacklers’ Revenge as part of the video game Rock Band 2. Last month, the album’s title song made its radio debut.
After rising to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s, hard-rocking band Guns N’ Roses appeared to disintegrate as frontman Axl Rose fought with his bandmates. Rose remains the sole member of the original Guns N’ Roses lineup.
More early online releases
Giving curious fans an early taste of new albums by streaming songs online has become an increasingly common way recording artists promote their forthcoming releases.
As part of their latest venture as The Firemen, former Beatle Paul McCartney and musician-producer Youth allowed U.S. public broadcaster NPR to stream their upcoming third album Electric Arguments on Tuesday รณ a week ahead of its Nov. 25 retail release.
MySpace also began streaming the album on Thursday.