MySpace gets 2 albums first

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Paul McCartney and Guns N' Roses released their biggest hits on LPs and CDs, but their new albums debuted Thursday on MySpace.

Users of MySpace will be able to listen for free to "Electric Arguments," the new album by McCartney's side-project group the Fireman, and "Chinese Democracy," the long-delayed album by Guns N' Roses, before the songs are in stores and at online shops like Amazon.com.

Members of MySpace will be able to play the songs on the bands' MySpace pages, but they will not be able to download them onto their computers.

Geffen Records plans to exclusively release "Chinese Democracy" on Sunday in the U.S. at Best Buy. Most of the CD's tracks have already shown up in various forms, including pirated versions online.

"Electric Arguments" comes out Tuesday. Fans can also order songs from that album through MySpace Music but not songs from "Chinese Democracy," the first album of new Guns N' Roses material in more than 17 years.

Robert MacMillan is a writer for Reuters.
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