February 26, 2004 14:59


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The controversial 'GREY ALBUM' bootleg by DANGER MOUSE has been downloaded at a rate that would have seen it go gold in a day.

Over 100,000 copies of the album, which fuses the The Beatles 'White Album' with Jay-Z's 'Black Album', were downloaded on Tuesday (February 24), according to greytuesday.org.

The album, whose release has been blocked by EMI, was pushed by file-sharing networks on Tuesday, who claim that the cease and desist letter sent out by EMI amounts to censorship.

As previously reported on NME.COM, on 'Grey Tuesday', websites posted the album online in full, or turned grey to show their support.

One of the organisers behind the 'Grey Tuesday' action, Holmes Wilson, said: "Special interests, including the major labels, have turned copyright law into a weapon. If Danger Mouse had requested permission and offered to pay royalties, EMI still would have said no and the public would never have been able to enjoy this critically acclaimed work. Artists are being forced to break the law to innovate."

Though EMI have not yet announced if they are to take further action, Jay-Z's label Roc-A-Fella are impressed with Danger Mouse's work. Label boss Damon Dash told the New York Times this week: "I think it's hot. It's The Beatles. It's two great legends together."

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