R.E.M. previewing 'Accelerate' on iLike


DENVER -- R.E.M. will stream its entire upcoming album "Accelerate" on iLike from March 24-26 in advance of its April 1 release date.

Prerelease virtual listening parties are old hat for the MySpace social network, but this is the first time a band has done so through the iLike application, which will be available on all iLike-compatible affiliates such as Facebook, Bebo, hi5, the iPhone as well as the iLike Sidebar plugin for iTunes and Windows Media Player.