Despite an announced release date of Jan. 14, Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes" was temporarily available for purchase and download via Amazon two-and-a-half weeks before its release date.
Yesterday (Dec. 28), "High Hopes" became available through Amazon's mobile website in an MP3 format. It is unclear whether or not this was the website's intention. Since then, the album has become available through file-sharing websites by those who purchased the album through Amazon. Amazon has since rescinded the ability to download the album, which was only available by buying each song individually.
Though the offering of Springsteen's album appeared unintentional, it comes on the heels of Beyonce's unannounced exclusive iTunes release two weeks ago on Dec. 13, which has since become one of the year's best-selling titles.
"High Hopes" marks the Boss' 18th studio album and first since 2012's "Wrecking Ball." It also marks the first album for the E Street Band, Springsteen's longtime backing band, since the announcement of its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April.
In addition to the usual cast of players, "High Hopes" also includes Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, who appears on eight of the 12 tracks -- including on a new version of "The Ghost of Tom Joad" as a vocalist. Deceased E Street members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici also make appearances.
Springsteen reps and Amazon.com did not return requests for comment at press time.