Citing concerns over counterfeit CDs and leaks on the Internet, Columbia has pushed up the release date of rapper Nas' new album "God's Son" from Dec. 17 to Dec. 13.

Citing concerns over counterfeit CDs and leaks on the Internet, Columbia has pushed up the release date of rapper Nas' new album "God's Son" from Dec. 17 to Dec. 13, Billboard Bulletin reports. The move means the set will come out on a Friday, breaking with industry tradition of releasing albums on Tuesday in the U.S.

The decision is not unprecedented, as earlier this year Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Aftermath/Interscope) was pushed forward to a Sunday release due to illicit Internet availability. That set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 despite being available for only two days in its first week.

"God's Son is my most personal album and I poured my heart and spirit into it," Nas said in a statement. "It's important to me that the fans hear my album the way I intended. When you buy a bootleg or pirate a download off the net, you don't get the real thing. The sound sucks, the sequencing is wrong, you're probably missing some tracks, and you don't even get the artwork and CD bonuses."

As previously reported, "God's Son," features production by Eminem, Alicia Keys, Salaam Remi, and Alchemist. The album is the follow-up to last year's "Stillmatic," which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart No. 5 on The Billboard 200. In October, Nas issued the collection of unreleased material "The Lost Tapes," which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally and No. 10 on The Billboard 200.

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