Radiohead's new ablum, Rainbows, will be released on October 10th. It will only be available for the first two months on Radiohead's website. You can download it for how ever much you feel like paying.
The clouds are about to part for Radiohead fans.
With speculation increasing that the band's hugely anticipated new album wouldn't arrive until March or later due to a lack of a record deal, the British art-rockers dropped a bombshell Monday, announcing their seventh studio album, In Rainbows, will be out on Oct. 10.
"Hello, everyone. Well, the new album is finished, and it's coming out in 10 days," reads a characteristically terse statement from lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
But there's a catch. Since Radiohead is self-releasing the 10-track LP, Rainbows will only be available for the first two months as a digital download and only via the band's official Website.
Befitting its reputation as innovative trendsetters in an increasingly staid music biz, Radiohead is giving fans the opportunity to pay as much or as little as they want for the new material.
"It's up to you," reads a disclaimer on the checkout page after one clicks on a question mark next to the price field. (Cheapskates, beware: There is a $1 credit card transaction fee.)
For those who prefer get their hands on an actual, physical copy, they'll have the opportunity to snap up a hardcover Rainbows "discbox" on Dec. 3.
The special edition goes for 40 pounds (about $80) and includes an extra album with eight new tunes, some of which, such as "Down Is the New Up" and "Bangers and Mash," Radiohead unveiled during last summer's tour.
In addition to the bonus disc, the discbox will include a double-vinyl record, photos, artwork and lyrics encased in a hardback book and slipcase. The digital download is included and can be accessed on Oct. 10.
Both options are available now for preorder at a special site the Grammy-winning quintet has set up to handle the sales.
Meanwhile, a rep with the band's U.S.-based PR firm, Nasty Little Man, says the band is in discussions to release the album in stores in January.
It was initially assumed LP7—as it was then known—wouldn't be issued until next year, because Radiohead was believed to be shopping for a new record deal after leaving longtime label EMI in 2005 upon fulfilling the terms of their contract.
Anticipation was further stoked after some devotees claimed to have decoded mysterious drawings posted on the band's Dead Airspace blog purportedly staking out Mar. 10 as a possible release date.
Further clues about Rainbows came in the form of JPEG info for a blurred picture posted of singer Thom Yorke standing before microphone, which listed the name "Up on the Ladder," a song Radiohead debuted several years ago. That song is on the bonus disc.
Because of the unique distribution method Yorke and mates are employing this time around—i.e., essentially enabling buyers to decide how much they want to pony up for the music—the band's publicist at Nasty Little Man isn't sure whether Rainbows will be eligible for listing on album charts.
Radiohead's last release, 2003's Hail to the Thief, debuted on the Billboard 200 at number three and at number one in the U.K.
Here's the complete track listing for the Nigel Godrich-produced In Rainbows and its bonus disc:
In Rainbows (vinyl, CD and digital download):
1. "15 Step"
4. "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi"
5. "All I Need"
6. "Faust Arp"
8. "House of Cards"
9. "Jigsaw Falling into Place"
1. "MK 1"
2. "Down Is the New Up"
3. "Go Slowly"
4. "MK 2"
5. "Last Flowers"
6. "Up on the Ladder"
7. "Bangers and Mash"
8. "4 Minute Warning"