After 7 years the Beastie Boys are back, and they mean business. Over the weekend, the "clean" version of the band's upcoming album "The Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2" was leaked online, and the Boys responded by making the full, uncensored album available for streaming on their website.
In a statement posted online, the band explained the decision: "Good people, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the 'clean' version of our new album, 'The Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2' has leaked. So as a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life! Thank you, The Management"
The Beastie Boys' decision to officially leak their new album in response to a third-party release is exactly the same way that the Foo Fighters responded to an unofficial leak prior to the release of their new album in early April. One wonders if a trend may be forming in regards to illegitimate leaks and the effect they have on artists. In the past, artists would simply have to deal with the lost traffic and revenue that leaks created. Now, it seems that artists are taking matters into their own hands, by releasing higher-quality versions of the leaked music for free, prior to the in-store release of the album. This, in turn, generates traffic to the artists' website and builds fan loyalty. It's a win-win, and something to keep an eye on as the industry continues to evolve.
In addition to streaming "Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2", the Beastie Boys have officially debuted the music video for the album's first track "Make Some Noise", which features a massive cast of Hollywood stars. Watch it below: