Like so many big albums these days, Björk's latest album Vulnicura was subjected to a leak last week, two months before its official release date. Instead of flipping out Madonna-style, however, Björk responded to the Vulnicura leak by officially releasing the album herself online, and in a new interview with BBC Radio 1 (via NME), the Icelandic singer opens up about her decision to release it early.
"There is no way to say how you should react," Björk tells Zane Lowe about the leak. "In my situation, I had one thing going for me — the album was mastered and ready. I don't know how I would have reacted if it was four months before. It might have been messier..."
Björk also reveals that Vulnicura's intensely emotional subject matter, which describes her breakup with her longtime partner Matthew Barney, played a large role in her decision to release it ahead of schedule. "It's the sort of subject matter where I really wanted to just get it out of the way, over and done with it," she says. "It was an immediate album and I did it so quickly and it was like, 'Oh, it leaked, let's just put it out.'"
Vulnicura is Björk's ninth studio album overall, her first since 2011's Biophilia. In support of the album, she will be performing seven dates in New York City in March and April, including two dates at Carnegie Hall, four dates at City Center, and a performance at Governors Ball. You can check out the exact dates over at Björk's website.
In addition to these concert dates, Björk will also be the subject of a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, which will run from March 8 to June 7.
You can check out Björk's full interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 right here: