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Arcade Fire posts Reflektor online after album leak

10/25/2013 10:27 EDT | Updated 12/25/2013 05:12 EST
After months of teasing the release of its anticipated new album, Montreal band Arcade Fire has released Reflektor five days early — streaming it from the group's website and via YouTube — to combat an online leak.

The Grammy-winning rock troupe directed fans to its website arcadefire.com on Thursday evening after a low-quality version of the album turned up on the internet. The album had been set for release on Tuesday.

On the band's site, Reflektor's 14 songs play as a backdrop to a Brazilian film titled Black Orpheus.

The leak appeared alongside social media claims that a few music stores began selling the album early, reportedly Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny, Ireland, and a Czech Republic retailer.

The rock collective has engaged in a lengthy promotional campaign for the new album, including playing shows under fake names, hiring graffiti artists to blitz neighbourhoods with the album's logo (in chalk) and high-profile performances on Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report.

On Monday evening, Arcade Fire will perform a special concert from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

CBC Music and NPR will livestream the hour-long performance of songs from Reflektor, beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

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