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Rock band Third Eye Blind hit back at an online leak of their latest album last week by asking all those who downloaded it to give to charity.

“Wow! I leave the country and my album ends up leaking,” said frontman Stephen Jenkins. “I was in Jakarta performing for the fine citizens of Indonesia after their devastating terrorist attack—I can’t speak more highly of the country. I am asking for all those downloaders who illegally downloaded our new album, please donate some money to your local charity.”

The band has two charities in mind that they support whole-heartedly: the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and KickStart.

“The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization,” the band writes on their website. “Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. We thank Animal Planet for the series Whale Wars, which shares the story of Sea Shepherd.”

KickStart is another great cause that the band encourages their fans to support.

“We believe in not taking this brief appointment with life for granted,” writes the band. "And life starts with water. For a lot of people (in fact, some of the coolest people you’d ever know) water is scarce, dirty, and too far away. For them, water everyday is life and death. We support KickStart because they create the tools to end poverty by putting water that was once inaccessible into people’s hands. Third Eye Blind has always been “DIY”, and we support the “Do It Yourself” spirit that KickStart fosters."

Third Eye Blind’s new album, Ursa Major, was released officially yesterday.

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