Release of single brought forward because it's already on the Internet...

Madonna‘s new single Music could be released at the start of July, two months ahead of schedule, because it has already appeared on the Internet.

According to the star’s official fan website Music[/a] single”.

It is thought to be the first time that Internet availability has prompted a recording artist to react in such a way.

As previously reported on, Madonna recently became the highest-profile star yet to come down against Napster and MP3 websites after it was revealed that snippets of Music, some up to three minutes long, were available for download. At the end of May her manager Caresse Norman said: “The music was stolen and was not intended for release for several months. It is still a work-in-progress. Ultimately those sites that offered a download of Madonna‘s music are violating her rights as an artist.”

Warner Brothers, the parent company of her own Maverick Records imprint even threatened legal action, saying, “any site that does not remove our copyrighted material runs the risk of civil and criminal prosecution”.

The video for the single was shot during April in LA by ‘Ray Of Light’ director Jonas Akerlund.

The release of Madonna‘s album, also called Music and co-produced by William Orbit and French-Afghani producer Mirwais, has also been brought forward. It has tentatively been slated for August 22 in the US.

A UK spokesperson for Madonna was unavailable for comment.