The new, much anticipated album from Justin Vernon and his Bon Iver vehicle has been leaked on the internet, with reports suggesting that none other than iTunes themselves may be responsible.
As the Guardian reports, the self-titled LP is not due out until late June. However, the record’s first single, Calgary, has been available on iTunes since May 17, but Rolling Stone reports that the entire album went up at the same time by mistake, making it available for anyone to buy.
It appears Apple realised their mistake eventually and took the album down, but the damage was already done with customers already purchasing the record and distributing it among file-sharing services on the internet.
Neither iTunes, Bon Iver’s label Jajaguwar nor Justin Vernon’s attorney have commented on the leak.
This is not the first time such a thing has happened. In 2009, the Norwegian branch of iTunes put Kelly Clarkson’s album All I Ever Wanted on sale a month before its release date, while in 2008 the same thing happened with the Raconteurs’ album, Consolers of the Lonely.
Justin Vernon can take solace in the fact he is officially the most blogged about artist at the moment, according to The Hype Machine.