Madonna is dealing with leaked tracks from her upcoming album, Rebel Heart, this week.
According to Rolling Stone, she hadn’t planned on releasing her 13th album, Rebel Heart, until spring 2015. But leakers had other plans for the Queen of Pop’s follow-up to 2012’s MDNA, unleashing early mixes of 13 tracks onto the Internet this week.
In response, Madonna has put six official versions of the songs up for sale on iTunes and other digital music retailers, effective immediately. More music will be available February 9th, and the full album will be released the first week of March via Interscope.
In late November snippets of the demos for “Rebel Heart” and “Wash All Over Me” leaked online. Thirteen demos purportedly taken from the new album were leaked onto the internet during the night of December 16, 2014, before a title or release date had been announced.
Madonna revealed through social media that half of the leaked demos won’t be released on the final version of the album, and “the other half have changed [or] evolved”. She also thanked her fans for their “loyalty” by not listening to the leaked materials.
The premature leak of demo recordings from the album prompted Madonna to release the album for pre-order on iTunes on December 20th. When ordered, six tracks are automatically downloaded.