Taking a page from Eminem and 50 Cent, both Metallica and Beyoncé Knowles have moved up the release dates of their long-awaited new albums to thwart piracy. Metallica is shifting the release of ''St. Anger'' from June 10 to June 5, according to a statement by Elektra Records, ''to ensure that counterfeit copies of the band's first studio album in six years do not proliferate in the marketplace.'' As for Knowles, Billboard reports that the Destiny's Child frontwoman is pushing her solo debut, ''Dangerously in Love,'' forward two weeks, from July 8 to June 24, for the same reason.
Knowles already has a rising single, ''Crazy in Love'' from the forthcoming Sony release, and she'll preview songs from it on a pay-per-view special, ''Ford Presents Beyoncé Knowles, Friends & Family, Live From Ford's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Dearborn, Michigan,'' scheduled for June 14. As for Metallica, the veteran rockers hope to spur first-week sales by including in the initial batch of CDs a bonus DVD featuring the band performing the album tracks in concert, plus access to the website Metallicavault.com, where fans can hear exclusive mp3s of rare tracks spanning the band's two-decade career.