Harry Styles has never been one for torturously drawn out album releases. Each of his three solo album eras have launched with a single shared no more than two months before the project itself was due for arrival.
But four weeks ahead of his third studio album, Harry’s House, led by the chart-topper “As It Was,” someone got impatient. In the late hours of the night, the album surfaced online via Google Drive and Dropbox links spread around Twitter like contraband.
Back in the early 2010s, album leak night was one of the most hotly anticipated events in the One Direction fandom. It was never clear exactly when it was coming, but year after year, album after album, the tracks would somehow make their way to Tumblr and Twitter weeks ahead of physical copies hitting the shelves.
Only few exhibited hesitance towards listening early — maybe the rest of us didn’t view it as the creative intrusion that it was because the music rarely, if ever, felt like a personal offering from the band.Read more on thefader.com