Fans eagerly awaiting Bruce Springsteen's new album were in for a treat yesterday when High Hopes briefly appeared on Amazon's mobile site more than two weeks ahead of its January release date.
Billboard reports that the album became available on Saturday for purchase as individual tracks in MP3 format. Although Amazon subsequently removed that option, presumably recognizing its mistake, the album has already made its way onto file-sharing websites through those who purchased it from the online retailer. Representatives for Springsteen and Amazon did not immediately respond for comment.
High Hopes, Springsteen's 18th studio album, is slated to hit shelves on January 14th. In a rare departure for the rocker, the record is made up entirely of cover songs, outtakes, and major reworkings of songs from earlier albums and tours.
"The best way to describe this record is that's its a bit of an anomaly," Springsteen recently told Rolling Stone. "But not much. I don't really work linearly like a lot of people do."
Springsteen and the E Street band, along with Tom Morello, recorded the album over the past year between shows on their worldwide tour. A few week's after High Hopes' official release date, the band will hit the road again, kicking off a five-week tour of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.