Metallica Label At Odds w/Ulrich On LP Leak



Release the hounds! Meanwhile, Lars fiddles
while his label steams…

Fred Mills



a record store in Paris
yesterday reportedly, and “accidentally” sold copies of Metallica’s new album Death Magnetic (how do you do
accidentally sell something?), it immediately found its way online. It’s not
due in stores until Sept. 12, but both the music and the album artwork is on
the web now.


that, drummer Lars Ulrich told American radio station Live 105 that, unlike in
years past, he’s not that chapped about illegal file sharing anymore.
“Listen, we’re ten days from release. I mean, from here, we’re golden. f
this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. Happy days.
Trust me. Ten days out and it hasn’t quote-unquote fallen off the truck yet?
Everybody’s happy. It’s 2008 and it’s part of how it is these days, so it’s
fine. We’re happy.”


is damned happy you’re happy, Lars. Meanwhile, below is a message from
Metallica’s label and marketing team at Warner Bros. that was circulated via music industry observer Bob Lefsetz. It suggests that
not everyone in the band’s camp is as blithe as Ulrich about all this.








We know it has
leaked on some bit torrent sites. So what, that happens all the time and we are
not changing our plan. Please tell radio NOT to play other songs, even if they
stole the record. We are vigorously fighting to get it off the internet the best
we can.


They are our
partners and we have a ton for them that could be in jeopardy if they play
other music (other than “My Apocalypse” or “Cyanide”). Am Ex spent a bunch of
money in the majors, per our direction.


ATT spent a ton of
money based on our direction.


Clear Channel has a
“Sneak Peak”. All with CONTENT.


We have a premiere
EXCLUSIVE for radio hosted by Dave Grohl and Taylor.


We have a tour and
pre sale that many many stations are part of.


We have the biggest
marketing plan for a record ever happening RIGHT NOW and they need to be our
partner. It’s that simple.


There are 2 other
songs, “My Apocalypse” and “Cyanide,”  that are floating out there and on iTunes. We are considering servicing
those tomorrow morning to promote the premiere and also to let radio know we
care about their needs… but for now PLEASE explain this as need be. Thanks.



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