Rockers The Raconteurs are rushing the release of their second album - so their fans can get hold of their new LP at exactly the same time as music industry insiders. The group, which boasts Jack White of the White Stripes as a member, are scheduled to release Consolers Of The Lonely on 25 March (08) - only three weeks after they finished recording the album. This is a groundbreaking move by the Steady, As She Goes hitmakers, who have bypassed the usual industry format of waiting a month between completing a record and releasing it. In an official statement, the group says, "We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding its availability, reception or perception." But the band has dismissed rumours the hasty release of the album is to prevent it being leaked on the internet before it hits record shop shelves - which would rob them of album and singles royalties. The group adds, "In the event that the record leaks, we didn't want this method of release to be seen as a reaction to such a leak. It's not. The actual worst thing about a leak is the usual poor sound quality, akin to watching a movie on a wristwatch instead of in a theatre. Which for the album's creators is a bit of a letdown, but again, it is completely up to the listener."