Icelandic singer Bjork is thankful her new album Vulnicura was "mastered and ready" when the whole project leaked online earlier this month (Jan15), because she was able to minimise the damage by rush-releasing the disc.

The It's Oh So Quiet hitmaker hadn't planned to share the new material with fans until March (15), but she moved swiftly to make the music available to purchase after falling victim to hackers, and she is convinced the 24-hour turn-around essentially saved her project from disaster.

She tells BBC Radio One, "There is no way to say how you should react. In my situation, I had one thing going for me - the album was mastered and ready. I don't know how I would have reacted if it was four months before (its scheduled release). It might have been messier...."

Bjork confesses she was relieved to unveil the songs of heartbreak earlier than planned, because the whole album reminded her of her painful 2013 split from longtime boyfriend Matthew Barney.

She adds, "I think also, because of the nature of the album for me emotionally, it's the sort of subject matter where I really wanted to just get it out of the way, over and done with it. My gut reaction was immediately like that. It was an immediate album and I did it so quickly and it was like 'Oh, it's leaked, let's just put it out.'"