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New Springsteen Album Leaked, U2 to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award

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Bruce Springsteen is expected to have a new album in 2014, but it seemed to have already found its way to the internet.

The forthcoming album High Hopes had appeared in an MP3 format on the Amazon.com, over two weeks before the album is officially set to be released. The leak allowed customers to purchase and download each individual track, which lasted for a brief period before the error was fixed, and the album’s tracks were removed from sale. But according to Billboard.com, the songs have also popped up on various illegal file-sharing websites. Both Springsteen and representatives for Amazon.com have yet to comment.

High Hopes is Springsteen’s 18th studio album, and the follow up to 2012’s Wrecking Ball.

Meanwhile in other music news, organizers for the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) have announced on Monday, that U2 were named recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

Named after the late Palm Springs mayor, who was also a singer, songwriter and producer, the award is usually awarded to a director, and some of the recipients included Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, and Gus Van Sant. This year’s upcoming ceremony, which takes place on January 4th at the Palm Spring Convention Center, will mark the first time the Sonny Bono Award will be given to a musical act.
U2 members Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. are being honored for the song “Ordinary Love”, which appears of the Justin Chadwick film, Mandela : Long Walk to Freedom. The band also joins other honorees including Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey, and the cast of American Hustle.

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