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Web debut for Guns N' Roses album

Axl Rose
Axl Rose is the only remaining original band member left

Guns N' Roses have launched their new album on MySpace, days ahead of its release in shops.

Chinese Democracy, the US rock band's first album in 15 years, will not be available to buy until Monday.

But fans can hear the album on the band's MySpace page. They are one of the highest-profile acts to use the site to launch a record.

The band's last record, their covers collection The Spaghetti Incident?, came out in 1993.

Since then, tension among members has led to all the original performers except frontman Axl Rose leaving.

Most of the tracks from Chinese Democracy have already been heard in various ways, with Shackler's Revenge appearing on the soundtrack of video game Rock Band 2.

Last month a man pleaded not guilty to breaking copyright laws at a Los Angeles court after he was accused of distributing nine tracks on his website.

The album is released in the US on Sunday in an exclusive tie-up with an electronics chain.



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