Spears's Blackout release is moved up to Oct. 30, her label announces

By Tim Nudd
Updated October 10, 2007 12:00 PM

Britney Spears‘s Blackout date is coming early.

The pop star’s much-talked about new album will be released two weeks earlier than expected, on Oct. 30, her label announced Wednesday, citing Internet leaks as the reason for the move.

“Due to these numerous unauthorized online leaks, the label is doing everything possible to prevent and avoid any further illegal distribution of songs including moving up the release date of the album to Oct. 30,” a rep for Jive Records says in a statement.

The label acknowledged that finished songs, as well as unfinished material and demos, had made their way online. For weeks, Britney tracks have been surfacing everywhere from PerezHilton.com to YouTube, though it’s been unclear which versions were the final, mastered tracks.

In September, PEOPLE got an early listen to finished songs from the album – including “Radar,” “Piece of Me,” “Break the Ice” and “Heaven on Earth.”

In addition to Spears’s recent personal troubles, her label has faced numerous leaks – including her video for “Gimme More,” a rough version of which hit YouTube before the clip was scheduled to debut on MTV.