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"We told the label we had a copy of the album"
P rince's newest album, 'Planet Earth,' won't hit stores until July 24, but it's possible to buy it now on eBay - and that's not unusual.
Prerelease 'leaks' of promotional albums now are commonly found at file-sharing Web sites or on eBay months before an official release date, and once out, can gain massive distribution within hours through downloads on peer-to-peer online music networks.
Last year, high-profile releases by such groups as The Strokes, The Flaming Lips and The Red Hot Chili Peppers were available illegally online weeks before their launch. Read more
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