If you're one of those people who likes free crap, have we got a story for you.
The So Cal punks of The Offspring will give away their new album to fans online and are also planning to give one lucky fan $1 million as well. A first taste of The Offspring's new album, "Conspiracy Of One," will arrive on September 29 when the band unleashes its first single, "Original Prankster," online. The track will be available for download free of charge as an MP3 on the band's official Web site (at www.offspring.com) as well as other outlets (including MTV.com, radio station sites, and retail sites).
Soon thereafter, the band will make all the tracks from "Conspiracy Of One" available as MP3s on offspring.com free of charge. The album doesn't hit conventional retail outlets until November 14, but every fan who downloads one of its tracks before then will be eligible to win $1 million of the band's money. The grand-prize
winner will be announced on MTV the day of the album's release, and The Offspring notes that the prize money is coming from its own pocket, without the aid of sponsors or its record company.
"This money came directly to us from our fans," Offspring frontman Dexter Holland said in a statement announcing the deal. "We feel it would be cool to redirect it back to them. We are trying to launch our album with promotions that are fan supportive rather than fan exploitative. We feel that giving them our music and letting them have back some of their money is a great way to show how much they mean to us."
The move means not only will the band part with a hefty chunk of cash, but that it will be giving away its new album for roughly one full month before it's in stores. While that might seem like business suicide to some, the group points out that the single "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" was downloaded more than 22 million times before the album "Americana" hit stores -- and The
Offspring still managed to sell more than 10.5 million copies of that album worldwide.