Approximately 36 hours before its scheduled release at midnight Thursday, Beyonce’s full album has apparently leaked.
Social media was filled with comments on the leak and according to Variety, high-quality flac files that certainly sound like the album were in circulation within a matter of minutes. Some posts showed CD copies of the album for sale, apparently in Europe.
Reps for Beyonce and the album’s distributor, Columbia Records, have not yet commented on the leak.
The leak came as a shock, as Beyonce’s operation is famously among the most secure in the business, renowned for the surprise drop of her 2013 self-titled album — which required countless non-disclosure agreements — and an overall air of secrecy.
The singer revealed the tracklist for her forthcoming seventh album “Renaissance” last week.