björk releases new album early and announces new york dates

The Icelandic alt icon dropped “Vulnicura” two months ahead of schedule following a leak over the weekend. Looks like there’s no hard feelings, as she also surprised fans with six New York spring dates.

by Emily Manning
21 January 2015, 12:15am

It's certainly been an eventful week for Icelandic alt goddess Björk. Last Wednesday, the avant-garde songstress officially announced the release of her eighth studio album, Vulnicura. Three days later, the album's nine tracks leaked, much to the delight of fans and the doubtless dismay of her record label. Today, Björk decided to roll out the album via iTunes a full two months earlier than her intended March release date.

Produced by Kanye West and FKA twigs collaborator Arca and Britain's The Haxan Cloak, Vulnicura is Björk's highly anticipated follow up to 2011's Biophilia. Its leak comes less than a month after Madonna was forced to release Rebel Heart, a six-song EP of new material following her unfinished album's leak.

Björk will take Vulnicura on the road when she commences total domination of New York City in the spring: the singer's career-long retrospective opens at the MoMA on March 8, and she's just announced six NY dates either side of it, including a headlining spot at Governor's Ball Festival.


Text Emily Manning