In the early hours of Saturday morning it appears that most (if not all) of the songs from Lady Gaga’s upcoming Album ARTPOP have been leaked online. Although most of the leaks appear to be bad quality it does prompt some sympathy for Gaga. A similar thing happened with Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album and Del Rey actually said that she was ‘discouraged’ by the news that several of her songs had been leaked online (not good news for us Lana fans out there!). Leaked music, although great for overly-eager fans, is detrimental to the overall effect of the final album. It not only ensures the respective artist loses out financially, but also the great and enthusiastic hype surrounding an album and within a fanbase in the run up to the release of an album is replaced with confusion and disappointment. Its unfair that the creative force behind an album (the artist) is unable to control when and where and in what form the art they have created is to be unveiled to their fans. Because of this, let us hope that the leaks will stop in future. 

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