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Wang Leehom’s new album “The 18 Martial Arts” to be released one day earlier (August 12th) due to China online piracy.
August 11, 2010, 21:37
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Originally scheduled for release on Friday, August 13th, all the songs from Wang Leehom’s newest Mandarin album “The 18 Martial Arts” were leaked onto a Chinese website on August 10th, a full three days earlier. Within minutes, not only were the pirated songs available for download, but links to them had been reposted, twittered, and blogged all over the internet. Although Sony Music Enertainment was able to have the pirated songs and all respective links to them removed the next day, in order to protect the interest of the dedicated fans who pre-bought the album, SME has decided to work overtime in order to move the Asia release date up to Thursday, August 12th.

The travesty of having new songs from an album available for illegal download three days before it has even been released demonstrates the seriousness of the problem that piracytion poses to the music industry today. Not only are artists unable to earn a living based on their creative work, but they now can no longer control the manner in which it is presented to the public. After issuing an injunction to the website to have the songs and all respective links immediately taken down, SME also released a statement declaring that any companies or persons caught involved in making illegal reproductions of the album available to the public would in no way be pardoned.

Despite the less-than-ideal situation, however, Wang Leehom places his faith in the listener. He continues to believe that as long the music is worth listening to, everyone will still be willing to buy the real thing.

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