“Blame Canada for leaking Taylor Swift’s new album,” suggested the headline of a New York Magazine story on Friday, as ‘1989’ made its debut a few days ahead of the planned release, via various filesharing services. 19 tracks leaked in total, with fingers pointing at North American retailer Target due to its deal for six extra tracks. We’re not so sure, given that those three tracks are all part of the iTunes version of ‘1989’ too, which was released this morning as planned in the UK. In any case, sales of the album will be watched closely this week, as the latest streaming holdout at a time when download sales are falling faster than the industry had hoped. Note, the full album is already available to stream on Grooveshark, presumably through a user upload.

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