AC/DC’s hotly-hyped album, ‘Black Ice’, may not ship until October 20 but that hasn’t stopped the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s collection leaking online, where it has been downloaded over 400,000 times through the Torrent networks.
These kind of figures are inevitable as the band won’t yet release their music online…this hasn’t stopped it emerging there, however, it leaked onto the networks six days ago. The only rock ‘n’ roll tragedy is that AC/DC won’t get paid for those thousands of downloads…
Do they care? Probably not. During the last 5 years when most recording artists have experienced a drop in CD sales, AC/DC have been flourishing, last year selling 1.3 million CDs in the US alone, TorrentFreak helpfully informs.
The album will be available exclusively on 7digital.com from Sunday 5 October 08 in FLAC format two weeks before anyone else. Better still, Oasis fans who buy the FLAC file will also receive a completely free MP3 version of the album on the day it officially ships.
The FLAC album will contain 11 tracks and cost £9.99 or £1.49 per track. The latest release follows on the success earlier this year of Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ FLAC release on 7digital.com whereby 35 per cent of all In Rainbows sales through 7digital.com were in the FLAC format.
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Oasis is offering a free track to fans who pre-order the band’s latest album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ through iTunes.
The track, ‘Falling Down’, is taken from the album which itself won’t ship until October 6. A Chemical Brothers remix of the same track is set to feature as the B-side to the first single to be taken from the album, which you can also watch/listen to after the jump.
Speaking to Radio 6 Oasis’ Noel Gallagher today said he believes Radiohead’s ‘pay-what-you-like’ method of releasing the hugely successful ‘In Rainbows’ album was a “free marketing” ploy.
“To be honest, to me it looked like marketing … good for them. That’s what they do, they’re rebels and outsiders,” he said.
Despite the success of Radiohead’s strategy, Gallagher said Oasis has no plan to repeat the experiment, though, “”That’s not our bag,” he said. “I didn’t spend a year in the most expensive studio in England, with the most expensive producer in America, and the most expensive graphic designer in London to then give it away. Fuck that,” he said.
Oasis will release their album Dig Out Your Soul on 6 October.