The record's release comes forward to combat "rampant illegal bootlegging"...

The release of EMINEM’s comeback ‘THE EMINEM SHOW’ has been moved forward to combat “rampant illegal bootlegging”.

Despite high security surrounding the album, ‘The Eminem Show’ is now widely available online – and the album is reportedly being sold in bootleg form in US cities for as little as $5.

The album was not set for release until June 3 in the UK, June 4 in the US.

However, a statement on www.eminem.com claims that the record will now be released on May 28 in the US. It is unclear if the UK release date will also be changed.

The statement reads: “Due to rampant illegal bootlegging and internet piracy the release date of ‘The Eminem Show’ has been pushed up to May 28.”

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’.