This past Monday (March 17), in an industry-shaking announcement, the Raconteurs revealed that Consolers of the Lonely, the quartet's much-mooted sophomore LP, would drop March 25 in digital, CD, and vinyl formats via Warner -- eliminating any lead time for press or marketing the album. But today (March 21), the album apparently popped up for sale on iTunes -- accidentally, we assume -- and now the new 14-track set, which Jack White and crew hoped would "not be defined by it's [sic] first weeks [sic] sales, pre-release promotion, or by someone defining it FOR YOU before you get to hear it," is now seeping across the internet.
Don't rush to the iTunes Store, though: Consolers of the Lonely is no longer available there, but eager fans are already snagging the album over illegal file-sharing services.
SPIN.com reached a spokesperson for Apple, who could not comment at press time. We will keep you posted.