EARLY ‘SHOW’TIME!

The tightest of security can't stop 'The Eminem Show' slipping out onto the net before it's June release...

EMINEM’s comeback ‘THE EMINEM SHOW’ is now available online – despite attempts to keep it under the some of tightest security of any album ever made.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, a few weeks ago only a handful of people at the rapper’s own record label, Shady Records, had heard the record, and in the UK a copy of ‘The Eminem Show’ did not even exist in the Universal Records building. Journalists are being invited into the record label’s office to hear it for the first time, rather than promo copies being sent out in the traditional fashion.

The album is not set for release until June 3. However, tracks from the record are now available for download at various locations across the Internet. MTV news reports that bootleg copies of the album are also being sold in New York for as little as $5.

A US record label spokesperson commented: “No one’s happy about it, but it’s very hard to prevent. You do everything you can to stop it from happening and then you get scooped. But we got it down to three weeks, which is not as bad as the industry standard at this point.”

Eminem is just the latest in a long line of artists to have their songs fall into the hands of Internet pirates. Songs from Oasis‘ forthcoming album ‘Heathen Chemistry’ have been available for a number of weeks, as has Korn‘s long-awaited new record ‘Untouchables’.