At Sputnikmusic, we do not review leaked albums.
Originally Posted by mx
[N]o leaks. My only exception is if it is a staff writer listening only a few days before release to get the review up there.
For those of you who like bulletpoints, this is what mx is saying:
1. Leaks are NOT allowed... ever. If you recall, Pelican's City of Echoes
leaked obscenely early, and a couple reviews for it popped up at the time. They were taken down, as per mx's no leaks policy. In parallel, if a Circle Takes the Square album leaks two months early and a bunch of you review it, they're all going to be deleted unless you're a staff writer; however, even then, you'd have to wait a week or two prior to the official release date.
2. Staff writers are exempt from mx's ruling because they earned their position on the site; therefore, they are entitled to more perks, responsibilities, and opportunities compared to the other writers, mostly because they [usually] have advance copies mailed to them in the post, so their source is legitimate.
REGARDING ALBUM STREAMS
Streams are permissible at Sputnikmusic, but only under these conditions:
1. Streams have to be from legitimate
sources. The best option would be the artist's official site. The second best option would be the artist's label. If these options are unavailable for whatever reason, then the band's official mySpace, Clear Channel music, Yahoo!, etc. are acceptable mediums.
2. Illegitimate sources include sites not affiliated with the band in any way. For instance, some kid who is streaming the album from his own mySpace is not acceptable, and neither is a torrent or something you pulled from Soulseek.
3. If you are reviewing an album via a stream, you must provide a link to the stream's location at the bottom of your review or as the first comment in the review
. This is very simple: write your review in Notepad/MSWord/etc., and then at the bottom, copy/paste the link's location. Then, when you're copy/pasting your review to Sputnikmusic, Ctrl-X the link and paste it in a comment below your review (or just leave the link at the bottom).
4. There are NO exceptions to these rules regarding streams.
5. A majority of streams, as far as I know, are made a couple days prior to the album's release. If the meds see a review of a streaming album that's not really streaming that does not provide a source (much like a news article), it's going to be removed. No exceptions!