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Björk has pushed forward the release date for Vulnicura

Surprise! Björk releases Vulnicura album two months early

The album leaked just days after it was announced, so she's put it out for real

Björk has unexpectedly dropped Vulnicura, her ninth studio album, more than a month before its scheduled release in March. The surprise release – described by the singer as a "heartbreak album" – apparently comes as a result of the record leaking online over the weekend. 

For all the impatient thieves who downloaded the leak, it's time for you to feel really bad about yourselves. For those of you who abstained from downloading in favour of waiting for the real thing, the wait is over and you don't even need to feel guilty about listening to it.

You can download it from iTunes here.

Björk announced the early release of the album on her Facebook page, writing: 

"i guess i found in my lap one year into writing it a complete heartbreak album . kinda surprised how thoroughly i had documented this in pretty much accurate emotional chronology .... like 3 songs before a break up and three after . so the anthropologist in me sneaked in and i decided to share them as such . first i was worried it would be too self indulgent but then i felt it might make it even more universal . and hopefully the songs could be a help , a crutch to others and prove how biological this process is : the wound and the healing of the wound . psychologically and physically . it has a stubborn clock attached to it .

there is a way out"

Björk officially announced Vulnicura in a handwritten note only last week, along with the full tracklisting with song titles. The album leaked online just a few days afterwards.

Vulnicura features production, songwriting and mixing assistance from electronica visionaries Arca and The Haxan Cloak; their involvement a telling representation of the Icelandic auteur's permanent focus on the underground and how it can develop her own work.

In her album announcement, Björk writes glowingly of Arca – real name Alejandro Ghersi – and The Haxan Cloak's involvement.

"a magic thing happened to me : as i lost one thing something else entered . alejandro contacted me late summer 2013 and was interested in working with me . it was perfect timing . to make beats to the songs would have taken me 3 years ( like on vespertine ) but this enchanted arca would visit me repeatedly and only few months later we had a whole album !!! it is one of the most enjoyable collaboration i have had !

i then went ahead and wrote string and choir arrangements and recorded them in iceland

towards the end of the album i started looking around for a mixing engineer and was introduced by a mutual friend of ours , robin carolan to the haxan cloak . he mixed the album and also made a beat for one half of "family" . together with chris elms the engineer we kinda formed a band during the mixing process and this is the album we made !!!

i do hope you enjoy it"

Despite the album's premature release, March will still be Björk-heavy. On March 7, MoMA in New York will open a retrospective called (you guessed it) Björk, an exhibition dedicated to the pop goddess, telling her story through visuals, film and performance.

In a press release, MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach said: "Björk is an extraordinarily innovative artist whose contributions to contemporary music, video, film, fashion, and art have had a major impact on her generation worldwide. This highly experimental exhibition offers visitors a direct experience of her hugely collaborative body of work."

The Icelandic singer is also scheduled to play seven dates in New York for the album, including a festival appearance at the Governer's Ball.