9/11/1996: For the First Time Ever, a New Song was Released Exclusively on the Internet.
For the first time ever, a new single by a major recording artist was released exclusively on the Internet. David Bowie’s “Telling Lies” was released on davidbowie.com where it could be played and downloaded. At the time, the song did not appear anywhere on CD, vinyl or cassette. In February, 1997, it was released on the album "Earthling."
It was downloaded 300,000 times and took the average person 16 MINUTES to download the track.