Albums leak. Every album leaks. Britney's album leaked. Lady Gaga's album leaked. Albums that haven't been recorded yet are leaking as we speak. And last night Beyoncé's new album 4 arrived a little ahead of schedule (hey, it's pretty good!). But how an artist reacts to an unexpected early drop tells you a lot about them.
The Angry Way
Kanye West (guess where this is going!) went on a little Twitter rant after someone leaked one of his G.O.O.D. Friday tracks last year, punishing us all for the actions of one hacker: "It's messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone." Isn't it?
The Humorous Way
The Foo Fighters took their Wasting Light leak in stride, writing on Facebook, "Leak? Rad. Was starting to think no one cared."
The Classy Way
Beyoncé posted a Facebook message today acknowledging her album's unexpected early delivery: "My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans. When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat. I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs." Well put.
Perhaps she was inspired by her husband, Jay-Z, who reacted to his own Blueprint 3 leak with, "It's a preview. I'm excited for people to hear the album. I'm very proud of the work I've done, so enjoy it."