U2 streams album after it leaks in Australia

Universal Music staffers put album up for sale a week early

Apparently to combat a widespread leak earlier this week, U2 is streaming its new album, "No Line on the Horizon," on Friday on its MySpace page.

The move comes after staffers at Universal Music Australia inadvertently made "No Line on the Horizon" available digitally more than a week before its release. The album was briefly available for sale on the Universal-affiliated Getmusic.com.au and was promptly uploaded to P2P sites the world over.

Universal and U2's management had taken extensive steps to keep "Horizon" under wraps. Critics weren't sent review copies, but were invited to listening parties where recording devices were banned.

The legendary Irish rockers' manager, Paul McGuinness, sent shockwaves rippling across the music and telecommunications industries when he delivered a speech at the MidemNet conference in 2008 in which he urged ISPs to take responsibility for copyright violations.

Jonathan Cohen reported from New York; Lars Brandle reported from Brisbane, Australia.