It seems that Lil Wayne's Rebirth is setting the tone for a string of very early big-name album leaks. Among the latest casualties is Usher, whose album Raymond Vs. Raymond began appearing online mid-day Sunday the 27th according to data from BigChampagne.. Like Rebirth, the album’s release date has played a questionable game of hopscotch. Originally set to be released in “early 2010”, it was then set back to December 21st, and then to “TBD” status.
Now there is a lot of conflicting information on the release date in the digital retail world. Best Buy, Tower, Fye, CD Universe, and others are offering pre-orders for a February 16th release date. So is Barnes and Noble, yet the album is absent from Borders’ site. Walmart.com also has a pre-order option - but for February 2nd. Ditto Amazon for March 1st (keep a close eye on those pre-orders guys!). Adding to the mystery is it’s complete absence on iTunes at the time of writing.
Regardless of which, if any, date ends up being correct; the leak will motivate those to-whom-it-may-concern to quickly get their ducks in a row and decide on one definitive date, which will likely be sooner rather than later.
And speaking of extremely early album leaks, the self-titled collaboration of Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins, known as Broken Bell, has also leaked.. The group just recently debuted their first single, and the album isn’t due out until more than two months from now: March 9th.
Report by John Robinson