Death Grips did well as an indie band with their 2011 debut record, Exmilitary. Part of its success had to do with the fact that it was freely available on Soundclound (and still is.)
That record got them a major label deal with Sony/Epic, which resulted in a second album entitled The Money Store. It was released in April.
But Death Grips was on a roll. They had enough material for yet another album entitled No Love Deep which they dutifully turned in to their label. But then Epic said "Yeah, thanks...but we're gonna put this one on the shelf for a while. Maybe next year."
That did not sit well with the band so they threw it up on various sites for free download and then tweeting the links.
The response was massive.
Then about 12 hours later, Death Grips website--which had been hosting the new material--went down. The band blamed Epic. Epic says "It wasn't us." At the same time, though, you know that the label couldn't have been happy with Death Grips leaping to #1 on on the chart of the most-downloaded artists on BitTorrent.
This is turning out to be an interesting battle. Read more at TechDirt.