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Wilco discuss album leak

Via: Billboard
Speaking to Billboard late last week, the members of Wilco discussed their thoughts on Sky Blue Sky leaking more than two months prior to its intended release date. For a band that's had to deal with this time and again (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot leaked nine months prior to its release) Jeff Tweedy and Co. share a fairly positive outlook concerning the whole matter.
Tweedy almost went so far as to say that he takes it as a compliment: "We feel very proud of our record and we want people to hear it. Ultimately, that's the goal. I think most people will do the right thing and support us and buy the record, even if they have downloaded it." Meanwhile, Wilco's manager Tony Margherita said that album leaks should pretty much be taken as a given these days: "We've always viewed the whole thing as similar to radio. We were prepared for it to leak as soon as the first advance CD went out. That's just part and parcel of the deal."
Hopefully Wilco fans will continue to go out and buy the albums since the band is playing nice. Should more bands share Wilco's outlook? Leave some comments below.
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They should cancel the album and concentrate their efforts on an Uncle Tupelo reunion tour in all the ampitheathres this summer.Pre-release leaks are not going to diminish their sales, as the people who download their album now would have done the same once it was released. Right?


leak? most of what's circulating is just a web rip from their own webcast...


I'm still old school. I have no file sharing programs and for bands like Wilco that I love I don't want to hear the album anyway until I can go to the record store, buy it, put it in my computer and blast it while I read the liner notes and things. I still love release days. I'm not against leaks and they are spot on about them. Leaks are positive for the most part and also unavoidable once the first promo is sent out. Either way is cool, I just still love the feeling of music, the packaging, the art, the words, the sounds''everything.

Josh H.

I'm with Wilco on this one. It's also a fairly progressive attitude to take in regards to dealing with leaks. "If people download it and listen to it, that's cool. We know our fans will buy it in addition to downloading it." Time will tell if that's a realistic idea.


I am sad to report that the leaked version of the album that I got is reaaallly boring. I imagine that a few songs will grow on me, but the reaction that I had to previous albums (AGIB, yankee hotel foxtrot etc.) far surpasses anything I felt with this. No goosebumps, head-bobbing. Verryy down-tempo, couple of basic riffs, and no loud noises/anything that usually distinguishes Wilco from pop music. It's a sad day.


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