A week before its official release on 29 August, Modern Times by Bob Dylan has been leaked in full on various BitTorrent websites and forums.

The album has also appeared on file sharing sites particularly those based in Eastern Europe and China.

The news dampens a deal Columbia Records and Apple announced last week that offers Modern Times as exclusive pre-order on the iTunes Music Store in the UK complete with bonus videos of 'Things Have Changed' and the iTunes exclusive 'Jokerman'.

For weeks Columbia has kept the eagerly anticipated Dylan album under wraps, with only 30 second snippets and a single track leaking onto the internet.