U2 Album Leaks… Despite Ridiculous Attempts To Block It
from the lotta-good-that-did dept
At some point, folks in the music industry are going to (finally) recognize a rather simple fact: it just takes one digital copy of a song/movie/whatever to get out there, and it’s everywhere. You can’t stop it. No matter how annoying it is. No matter what laws it violates. It will happen. Taking precautions against it may seem smart, but it will always just be a waste, because as soon as a single copy gets out, it’s game over. However, it appears that plenty in the industry still haven’t figured this out — and it’s no surprise that U2 is among them, given what Paul McGuinness, the band’s manager, has said in the past.
It appears that the band went to great lengths to avoid having its latest album leaked. The band refused to send out any review copies to journalists, instead organizing special “listening parties” where all attendees had to surrender any electronic device (including phones) before entering. So what happened? Well, the album has leaked anyway and thousands of people are downloading it.
So, for all that trouble, the band spent a bunch of extra money on these “listening parties,” annoyed and inconvenienced a bunch of journalists/reviewers who were unable to listen to the music as they normally do, greatly limited the ability of reviewers to hear the album (meaning fewer reviewers than normal probably heard it)… and the album still leaked. So they got all of the (supposed) “negatives” and none of the (supposed) “benefits.” Great strategy there, Paul.