Working The System — “Leaks” and Promotion

‘Blackout’ sheds light on pros and cons of album leakspdf

Jive, Spears’s record label, announced earlier this month that it was rushing “Blackout” to “avoid any future illegal distribution of songs.” Annoyed at sneak peeks popping up on gossip and file-sharing sites as frequently as Spears does in the tabloids, the label filed a copyright infringement suit against Web-based mudslinger Perez Hilton.

But then a funny thing happened on Jive’s way to stemming the tide. Last week, the label authorized’s album preview site, “The Leak,” and Clear Channel radio websites like Kiss 108 (WXKS-FM) to stream “Blackout” in its entirety.