Radiohead's bassist calls iTunes clunky and says he misses "curatorial influences" of a music label as the band prepares to release new songs.
I'm going to make Radiohead speak for me.
Oasis, Jamiroquai, and the Charlatans (UK) will follow Radiohead and give digital downloads of their forthcoming albums away. But what happens to this new "business model" once it no longer generates free publicity?
Radiohead wasn't able to play Coachella this year, so Prince did his own version of their first single, "Creep."
But the rumors differ on what song they'll play.
"In Rainbows" is out, has reportedly already sold more than 1.2 million copies (which would dwarf sales of each of the past three Radiohead albums), and fans and critics alike are in awe.
Now here's an innovation: "music on demand," in the truest sense of the meaning. Radiohead, the juggernauts of intelligentsia rock, are offering their new album as a download for whatever price consumers are willing to pay.
Radiohead left EMI in 2005 after fulfilling its contract, freeing the band up to try new models of distribution. Its next album, In Rainbows, will be distributed exclusively through the band's Web site, and could herald the death of the major label
The band is done with albums, but this may simply be another creative stroke of genius that helps the company sell more of its value elsewhere.
Lead singer Thom Yorke tells The Hollywood Reporter that the promotion was a "one off."