Music leaks. Artists speak.

October 3, 2013


Artists react to early released material


Staff Reporter


Music has played a pivotal role in today’s society.



Enough to inspire an entire phone series, the industry is constantly finding new ways to integrate music into the daily lives of people worldwide.


The public’s insatiable desire for music has created award shows, television channels as well as fame and fortune for those who give it to them.




With the never-ending demand for more, it rarely leaves people satisfied.


Enter the leakers and hackers.


Due to computer hackers and leaked music files, it is often difficult for an artist to premiere his or her music on its intended release date.


Kailey Newsom, a sophomore speech pathology major, said it should complement artists, because their music is in high demand.


“I think it shows how good an artist is, because that means people enjoy their music,” Newsom said. “But I can understand why they would be upset it got out.”




Some artists like Brendan Urie from Panic! At the Disco and Britney Spears pay no mind and simply push the release date up.


Others, like Lady Gaga and Marina and the Diamonds, become obsessed with finding the person responsible for leaking the tracks.


Gaga took to Twitter after her new single “Applause” was leaked, calling on her fans to report who did it.


When Marina’s computer was hacked and music files were stolen and posted online, the artist called the hackers “grim” and claimed to have the police involved in finding them.


Marina even went as far as threatening to delay the release of any new music.




“I think it’s ridiculous to get upset about it,” said Lauren Guillot, a sophomore early childhood education major. “The music will come out eventually.”


Analise Brown, a sophomore psychology major, said she thinks some artists leak their own music.


“I wouldn’t be surprised if they leaked it to see if people liked it,” she said.


Hackers do not just go for music files, but also video files.


Kanye West’s unfinished video for his song “Black Skinhead” was posted online one week before its intended release date.


West, who is known for keeping his unfinished works under wraps, was not pleased when the video was leaked and displayed his displeasure on his Twitter account.


Some think artists should not be concerned with the file leaks and appreciate people wanting to listen to their music.


Avery Lorenzato, a junior electrical engineering and mathematics major, said music should be less about the money and more about the art.


“Music should be appreciated as a work in progress,” he said. “I understand if something doesn’t sound good they wouldn’t want their name attached to it, but it should be appreciated because that’s what they were feeling in that moment.”


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