MySpace.com, a social networking portal, is presenting an exclusive online streaming preview of R.E.M.'s new album, "Around the Sun," ahead of its Oct. 5 release. The offering came about as a partners

MySpace.com, a social networking portal, is presenting an exclusive online streaming preview of R.E.M.'s new album, "Around the Sun," ahead of its Oct. 5 release. The offering came about as a partnership with R.E.M.'s label, Warner Bros. Records.

Fans can listen to the album by visiting myspace.com/rem.

MySpace.com, which claims 4 million users, allows visitors to upload songs, share lyrics, promote concerts and sell CDs.

"R.E.M. is one of those legendary bands that create an event-like atmosphere on our site," says MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe in a statement. "This is a unique chance to get millions of people talking, simultaneously, about the new album."