It is a feeling that the band Fall Out Boy is unfortunately all-too-familiar with: an album you’ve worked hard on leaking to the Internet before its scheduled release. And it has happened again with the band’s sixth studio album, due out January 20.
The Chicago-quartet went through this back in 2007 with Infinity On High. About two weeks before the album’s on-sale, all 14 tracks from it hit the web. There were rumors that the release date would be pushed up. Instead, the band’s label offered an additional live EP to those who purchased the LP.
Folie á Deux shared a similar fate. Fall Out Boy’s fourth studio album leaked a week before it’s December 13, 2008 release. The ever-aware Pete Wentz figured it out and tweeted, “Alright. Obviously the record leaked or is leaking? We trust that ur gonna support our band. U always have in the past. (sic)”
When the pop rockers returned five years later with Save Rock And Roll, they decided to leak the entire album themselves.
“With out you, the most important piece, this record would never have been made,” the band wrote on its website in a message to its fans. “So we figured you have waited long enough… with out further ado, please listen closely.”
A Soundcloud playlist containing the full LP appeared below the message.
Fast forward a year and a half, and the luxury of controlling how and when your fans will hear new music seems to be one that has once again escaped Fall Out Boy. According to fans posting on the website HasItLeaked.com, Australian music streaming service JB HI-FI NOW offered the forthcoming American Beauty/American Psycho album in its entirety. Soon after, the full LP leaked for the rest of the world to hear.
“If they keep f—ing around I might leak the rest of it myself,” Wentz tweeted last weekend. He has since deleted the post. And besides, the rest of it leaked anyways.