That didn't take long: The new Danger Mouse album Dark Night of the Soul found its way onto various torrent sites this weekend after reports surfaced that the Hip Hop producer won't be able to legally publish the record due to a dispute with the major label EMI.

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NPR's website reported last Friday that Danger Mouse recently collaborated with Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous as well as Iggy Pop, Vic Chesnutt, Nina Persson and various other musicians for an album that was supposed to be accompanied with a 100 page photo book by David Lynch. However, it wasn't meant to be. The artists got into trouble with EMI, according to the project's website, which reads:

"Due to an ongoing disput with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the recorded music for Dark Night of the Soul without fear of being sued by EMI. Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night of the Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited as he is."

You gotta admit: By whatever means does sound much classier than just saying: Please torrent my album! However, Danger Mouse was apparently worried that some fans wouldn't get this almost Malcom X-like reference to file sharing, which is why he came up with another brilliant plan: Dark Night of the Soul still gets released at the end of May - as an empty CD-R. The project's online store explains it this way:

"Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to include music on the CD without fear of legal entanglement. Therefore, he has included a blank CD-R as an artifact to use however you see fit."

However you see fit: A number of file sharers got the message and started to seed the album on various torrent sites. The first few uploads were rips of a stream hosted by NPR, but there's also at least one copy of the album with a slightly higher MP3 bitrate, which is currently seeded by hundreds of users on the Pirate Bay. The original uploader simply linked to a few news stories about Dark Night of the Soul and commented: "Lets try that again shall we :P"

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