The prerelease security plan around Taylor Swift's 1989 was not a complete success, but it may have been the most elaborate, at least for an album that more than a few people knew existed (see the gold standard in album security, aka Beyoncé).
R.E.M. may be no more, but the achieves haven’t run dry yet. On Nov. 24, fans of college rock’s gods will have a new treasure trove of goodies with the release of the cleverly-titled six-disc collection "I Want My REMTV" (out on Rhino).
On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise. Lorde, who turns 18 on Nov. 7, sits in a booth, assembling a playlist on her MacBook.