Twenty One Pilots, the weirdly popular Ohio rap-rock duo, have a song called “Heathens” on the soundtrack to the new movie Suicide Squad. And if you’re the type who cares about Twenty One Pilots, there’s a chance you heard that song before you were supposed to hear it. Atlantic Records had planned to release “Heathens” as a single 6/24. But nine days before that, as TorrentFreak points out, someone leaked the song. And now Atlantic would like very much to know who that leaker was.
TorrentFreak reports that Atlantic has filed a complaint with the New York State Supreme Court. The label has filed a subpoena with Reddit, seeking to find out any information about the leaker. Allegedly, the person who leaked “Heathens” posted the song on a file-sharing site called Dropfile and then posted a link to the Dropfile site on Reddit, doing both of those things on 6/15. Atlantic ended up releasing the song the next day, but the fast strategy wasn’t enough. The label argues, “Sales of the ‘Heathens’ single, which were unsupported by Atlantic’s carefully-planned marketing strategy, failed to reach predicted levels, causing substantial harm to Atlantic in the form of lost single and album sales revenue.”
And so Atlantic has subpoenaed Reddit to get any information on the leaker, including IP addresses.
I wonder if anyone has considered the possibility that “Heathens” just sucks.