"#Glory should've had an exclusive iTunes release before they shipped CDs to stores. 200k illegal downloads in 1 day...That's gonna hurt bad!" @OnMyMiNd04 speculated, while @Britney_Soldier added, "200K illegal downloads. Guys we're so screwed. #Glory."
Britney's team have since been scrambling to pull links to the leaked version of Spears latest release while fans took to social media to urge listeners to purchase legal copies of Glory upon its release.
"I hope everyone who has heard the album from the leaks buy it too! Glory needs to go to the top!" Britney fan @Devin_J_Wallace tweeted, and @BibleGirl666 told Spears on the social media site, "@britneyspears we are so proud of you and will buy this album regardless of leaks! you put your ALL into #GLORY and it shows. Thank you."
But while fans continue to fret, Glory's premature leak has also allowed fans, social media users, and journalists alike to review the album ahead of its August 26 drop, surrounding the album with a whole lot of positive noise.
Early reviews of Britney's hotly anticipated ninth release have been generally positive, with A Bit of Pop Music telling readers that "Britney Spears delivers her best record in years with Glory."
The Poppy Pyro also had nothing but praise for Britney and Glory after reviewing the leaked version, claiming, "[W]hen I tell you that Britney Spears' new album induced goosebumps from start to finish, I am not lying. This album is no joke."
Tweets about Glory have also been overwhelmingly positive, even from social media users claiming not to be fans of Spears.