A little less than a month before its official March 10th release date, Kelly Clarkson’s entire All I Ever Wanted was accidentally leaked onto the Internet by an unlikely source: the Norway division of Apple’s iTunes music service.
Clarkson fans rejoiced earlier today when they noticed that Norwegian iTunes was streaming 30-second clips of each song on All I Ever Wanted, which is typical of the digital music service’s pre-purchase preview. However, listeners soon realized that they could, due to an iTunes error, purchase the entire new album rather than just settle for snippets. And as things snowball quickly on the Internet, All I Ever Wanted was quickly distributed on P2P sites and message boards.
Rock Daily confirmed that the file contains a 192kpbs version of the album that was encoded via iTunes. Additionally, this screen grab of the Norway iTunes shows how fans made their discovery. iTunes U.S. offers neither a preview nor the ability to purchase All I Ever Wanted.
This leak comes just hours after we posted about the accidental leak surrounding U2’s No Line on the Horizon, which was prematurely offered on a digital music service run by Universal Music Group’s Australian division. This isn’t the first time iTunes has leaked an album before street date, however: In March 2008, despite the great lengths the Raconteurs went through to ensure their Consolers of the Lonely didn’t leak — including waiting until the last minute to announce the album, a surprise Rock Daily ruined — iTunes made Consolers available before it hit stores.
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