June 9th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Eminem latest victim of album leak

Eminem just released the video for the first single from his “Recovery” album on Sunday, but by Monday all 16 tracks from the record leaked online. It wasn’t supposed to debut in stores until June 22.

The same thing happened with Drake’s “Thank Me Later." Although it feels like singles from Drake’s highly anticipated LP have been slowly leaking across the Internet forever (no pun intended), the album has been available for Web listeners in its entirety for about a week now.

Even though you’ve probably already made copies of it to hand out to your friends for no charge, Drake isn’t bothered by it. He tweeted last Wednesday, “I gave away free music for years, so we're good over here....Just allow it to be the soundtrack to your summer and ENJOY!”

Have you listened to either yet? And since it's already available for free, will you still show your support and buy them?

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    November 25, 2013 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ja Cki

    Audio is known as as one of the primary peace manufacturers in everyday life. You can really feel clean and also restful on hearing good tunes and also this will surely help you in primary a lively and restful existence ahead.dopehood

    April 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ERicka Vincent

    They truly built the rise to be able to popularity through their relieve a lot of collection bundles mixtapes and joining the actual undercover mixtape circuit. Just like many struggling performers whom …Leaked songs

    April 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wzrd album leak february 23

    Any pastime that is developing inside recognition will be installing songs from the world wide web. Many people often benefit from the possibility to accessibility songs online. A number of ...music videos

    April 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. eminemenime

    I think eminem is the only artist whom I would actually buy their cd to show support even though I already have it for free. Been listening to it for the past 5 days nonstop, Its AWESOME!!! Already got the deluxe version preordered on itunes.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Dre

    Please buy his album, I need to make up for the lost court case with Deathrow records. And buy my headphones cauz im donating lots of money to the gay rights program.

    June 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. robert marshal

    cant wait to buy a copy of the recovery album.eminem is the dopest rapper ever.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. C-LOVE

    are u kidding i heard ems comin out with 2 album covers im buyin both i downloaded it just cuz i missed listenin to the old school eminem but hes grown so much that its amazing hey everybody if u dont buy this album ur on crack and u actually dont like music support the artists that put there heart and soul in a entire album unklike others who make a 1 good song on a 20 track cd, em im tellin u if u ever see this every song on this recovery is the recovery from relapse i still say the song "beautiful" is one of ur greatest respect to proof, em never go away sick s**t man !!!!

    June 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I totally agree with you! I downloaded it just because I couldn't wait but I'll still go out on the 22nd and buy a copy because it's so good!

      June 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. UnStanned

    I will buy the album and go to the just as I always have! But I cant steer clear of the tease! Peace!

    June 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. reaper

    I haven't the slightest reservation of downloading the CD first and listening to every friggin' one of the tracks to make sure it's worth my money. I'll even burn myself a copy and drop it in my car and let it bang until the release date.
    Lil Waynes Rebirth was a waste of my time and I deleted it after listening to it once through. Never bothered to buy it either as it didn't even come close to beating my brains out in my car WITH the system cranked all the way up. I threw the CDR out the window going down the road in favor of the greatest trapstar alive YOUNG JEEZY. I bought the trap or die 2 album directly without hesitation. Well written and well performed. Worth double what it sells for.

    I honestly don't care if the artist happens to hate that I managed to get my hands on it before everyone else.
    It should be everyones default right to listen to the whoooole thing before they buy it.
    And to everyone boohooing about "oh em hates it when his music leaks", please... go cry elsewhere. No one cares that you are waiting and that you hate people who demand and create alternatives to the upper one percent sticking it straight up your backside. Why don't you go ahead and bend over a little further like a good little sheep tool.

    June 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shaun

    Em I downloaded it and I can't wait to give you my hard earned cash on the 21st, best album of the year hands down. One question is it worth going out for the disc is the packaging gonna be sweet or should I save a few bux and get the iTunes dl?

    June 11, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. jeremiah

    I love it.Recovery is a classic;am definitely buyin the album.It deserves 2 b a double platinum in its 1st week of release.I can't wait!

    June 11, 2010 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. WhoDaMan

    Good album! Got it from the free music shop in the sky. Will I buy it too? Don't be bloody stupid! Lol

    June 11, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. skittlez

    as much as ive been waiting for this album to hit the shelf (asked for it for fathers day but guess its gonna be a late fathers day gift lol) i still will not bootleg some of the greatest music from the greatest WHITE rapper known to man. 1up on the track "not afraid" cant wait for fathers day so i will have a legal copy.

    June 11, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. azabevojdan

    i have not downloaded it.some of my friends said to do it but i won't i will support eminem by buying his album.EMINME IS BACK.

    June 11, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  16. Joshua Chisholm

    Lets make sure RECOVERY goes DOUBLE PLATINUM in its OPENING WEEK...Everyone buy the new album just to show your respect towards Eminem and his hard work (comming out June 22nd).........all Eminem fans copy-paste

    June 11, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  17. thetruTH

    In the words of Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (Nas)... HIP-HOP IS DEAD!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  18. KievLee

    dl'd the album!!! so glad i did.... its def not his best. He's settled in the worst way! rihanna, pink, drake?????? Hes the type of artist that never needed pop cameos to sell records. another sad sad day in hip-hop =(

    June 10, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • barbiesbak18

      I agree! I miss the old eminem... the f' the world and pop music eminem. idk who this is. but i guess at the end of the day hes like wayne, jayz, ti..... all about gettin paid.

      June 10, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. Joel

    I have both albums. But I'm still going to buy them on thier release dates. Both albums are hot. Gotta support the artist.

    June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. Daniel

    I downloaded Recovery and I'm impressed so I will definitely be buying it to support Em 🙂

    June 10, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  21. paul

    Em is going 2 kill dem RnB rappers when he drops peeps hands down! You know Dre gave him da best beats n dat spells platinum plus. I'll cop da LP when it drops no doubt!!! I have a question, Why did Em do away with his blonde look? Not that it matters anyway am just curious. Peace!

    June 10, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Cinderella Man

      actually he reached out to a number of different producers for recovery eg just blaze,dj khalil. boi-1da and he stopped dying his hair blonde because it reminded him of his addiction

      June 11, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  22. toyabskee

    this is great.. leak link: http://bit.ly/ajvEaX enjoy

    June 10, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  23. Preet

    Im still going to buy the CD, the music is too good!

    June 10, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  24. ted

    eminem is one of the best rapper out but dam hes looking old in that pic it going to suck when he stops rapping

    June 10, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  25. Kim

    i own all of his CDs, why stop now? oh i'll be there june 22nd. =)

    June 10, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  26. Andrew

    I was nervous about this album becuz Encore was awful, and Relapse had some bright spots but was clearly not his best work. I downloaded it, and I honestly think this his best album EVER. BTW, I am buying the cd becuz it's an instant classic and a must have.

    June 9, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh chisholm

      I have to say i agree with you that Recovery is a hella sick album! definitly gonna buy it. but encore was really good too

      June 11, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  27. Tyler

    I will download drakes but support eminem. Will also wait for the rest of eminems song till the 22nd when I buy the album.

    June 9, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Odalice Feliz

    Baby I can't even listen to it, I'm waiting for it to come out.....really boo boo!!!! I think you did that on purpose so your fans won't have to waste there grosery money, then again Americans have gotten fatter so there is no harm in wasting lunch money on a c.d.....your voice is like an angel voice that just keeps calling to me booboo!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  29. mushymushroom

    I download songs I like, but when it comes to artists that I truly respect; I really show support through buying their cds.
    @JWPINU you're right they make the most money in concerts, endorsements etc., but the thing is, no one will invest on their tours if they're album sales are not doing well. Remember, a music artist's value is always measured on his record sales (commercial success) more than being a quality artist, say, a Grammy winner.

    If they're a Grammy winner but doesn't sell records they're more likely to become forgettable and just another Grammy awardee.

    June 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Andy

    I am deployed ritgh now so I havent been able to download the bootmleg but I will definatly have my sis buy the cd and send it to mme as soon as it is released! I love Em, I listen to Relapse every day when I work out!

    June 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Aqsaaaa

    Ive not listened to Em's songs online because im too much of a fan to not by the cd and support him and i know once ive listened to it online it wouldnt be as exciting as buying the cd for the first time and listening to his best album yet!...

    June 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meesha

      Ya, I am too. But when I read "The Way I Am" I remember him talking about how much he he hates having his music leaked. I just think that whoever did it should be ashamed.

      June 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Meesha

    who would this to him?
    Well whoever it is should be ASHAMED!

    June 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Amabo

    Since Eminem's Album Leaked, Its release date will be pushed up so in a sense it works out 🙂

    June 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  34. joe

    i heard about it leaking a few days and told myself i'd wait for it to release before i listen to it... i was too big a fan to wait so i did download it illegaly but i sure will support the artist and purchase Em's album... Ive actually purchased all of his albums, even the "Eh relapse album" lol

    June 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Eminem

    it is very important to buy the album becuz the i worked hard on it
    and none of you would like to see is work saped isn't it?
    enjoy it now but buy it!!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Toya

    I downloaded the album the moment it leaked online. (I kept an eye out for the bootleg the moment the relaese date was announce because I knew it was only a matter of time.) I only listened to the collab songs though because those were the only songs I was iffy about. I've already pre-ordered the album so I'll listen to the rest the day the album drops which is pretty hard when you do have the album already downloaded and people keep saying "Man, X song is the best." "Y was powerful." "He really thought Z." Ahhhh! It's like deciding to watch a highly antipated blockbuster movie a month after its relaese date.

    June 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. sawzall

    i downloaded it, but i'm going to buy several copies. "you're never over" is the most powerful song i've ever heard

    June 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  38. k8

    I listened to Em's CD because I am a HUGE fan and couldn't wait, but I will 100% be at the store buying it on the morning of the 22nd.

    June 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jose

    It's hard pay 18€ when you can have the CD for free by illegal download.

    June 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Ghost

    Yep – same here. I will make sure to buy it – the day it comes out. Artists need to add some benifit to album purchases. Like DVD's, tickets, prizes, extra songs, something to keep listeners buying CDs. They also need to anticipate leaks. Like pre record music videos ahead of time and release them before the album if songs leak. SOMETHING !!! IDK?

    June 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Todd

    I've listned to the tracks online and hearing them makes me want to buy the CD even more!!

    June 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  42. jwpinu

    I downloaded it but I will show supporty by going to his show. Isn't that how most artists make most of their money anyway?

    June 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feeniegal

      I'm sure they do make money from the shows these days with the ticket prices I've seen lately. I still buy cds. 🙂

      June 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      shame about the leak but ill still be buying recovery!

      June 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |

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