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Radiohead Shocks Record Industry With Free Download of New Album

Radiohead Shocks Record Industry With Free Download of New Album

Tells fans that they can pay as much or as little as they want for the band’s new album “In Rainbows.

Newly freed from the shackles of a recording industry contract, the famed UK band Radiohead has decided to buck the system and offer its new album “In Rainbows” directly to fans at whatever price they feel like paying. It’s now shaping up for the revolution to be televised after all.

The album will be available for download directly from its website beginning October 10th, and fans can choose to pay as little as 45 pence, about $1 USD, the credit card handling fees.

It’s their first release since 2003′s “Hail to the Thief,” the last album required under its recording contract with the EMI/Capitol records label.

On its surface it may not sound like too big of a deal, I mean offering an album directly to consumers for download isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but when you stop to consider that Radiohead is a big name talent with tons of album sales, fans, and music awards under their belt it really gives moment for pause and makes you realize that this is indeed a revolutionary development in the music industry.

It’s the first time that a band with such a fanbase and lucrative capacity for CD sales has decided to embrace the future of music distribution and sidestep the traditional music industry altogether. It’s an event that is certain to cause panic in record label boardrooms everywhere and cause a further dent in already slumping CD sales.

Despite the fact that fans can opt to pay essentially nothing, its more than likely that they will choose to pay something of meaning and reward the band for this bold endeavor since all profits go directly to Radiohead and not into the pockets of out of touch record labels. Plus fans will most likely choose to download it directly from the band’s site instead of on P2P and file-sharing networks because they will be able to get it faster and at a guaranteed quality bitrate encoding. It suddenly makes piracy look irrelevant.

Also, what’s interesting to point out is that an artist only makes about $1 USD per each $16.98 USD retail album he sells right now anyways, and I’m certain many will opt to pay at least this much if not more. For all intents and purposes it’s actually possible that they will make more money selling “In Rainbows” directly to consumers than they would have otherwise. It’s hard to fathom that the record industry makes a big stink about how piracy leads to “starving artists” when it gives a measly dollar to them while it consumes the other sixteen.

The move may also cause a further shakeup of the music industry because other big artists may now demand better contract deals under threat of leaving and distributing music themselves as Radiohead.has done. Being that the music industry offers little incentives for signing other than upfront cash to struggling bands and marketing assistance, its days of necessity are almost over. Both mean nothing to the more established artists and are increasingly possible to overcome even for new and lesser known talent.

The bottom line here is that Radiohead may have finally shown the world once and for all that bypassing record labels is actually possible. It used to be that the artists needed them, for who else was able to manufacture, distribute, market, stock, and sell your CDs. But, now it’s the other way around. The music industry is now content-centric, meaning that all you need now is quality music, a PC, and an internet connection. Record labels don’t really have that much to offer music artists anymore, and it’s this fact that makes their profit grabs all the more distasteful.

I urge you to show your support for TRUE ARTISTS and make record labels sit up and take notice by buying a copy of Radiohead’s new album “In Rainbows” on October 10th. Join the revolution.

The whole affair is discussed in more detail in this Reuter’s video below.

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
meyou123
meyou123

First nine inch nails now radiohead......is there a trend here??

Zombieman123
Zombieman123

Sutff like this would make me buy the album legitlol sounds like these are guys that are actually doing music..For the music and not the money. Radiohead ftw.

Zoness
Zoness

Yeah I should buy it just for the sake of buying it. I havn't ever listened to radiohead but if they have the balls to stand up to the music industry I should give it a shot. Who knows I might really like it.

Snowdog2112Rob
Snowdog2112Rob

I have bought just about all of their studio album releases and would gladly pay them the amount I would've paid for it under a normal release. I enjoy just about every single song and look forward to hearing their newest release.

iamyour41
iamyour41

The reality is that they could even put individual songs on there for what.. 10 cents a piece and make double what the record labels are paying them. I'd totally buy songs for that. It'd also cover bandwidth costs for 15cents a song.. with no drm. I doubt many people would ever pirate or freedl except young kids who won't be buying them anyway. 15 cents per hit song and about 100mil dls. 15mil off one song is pretty sick.. plus you don't need to make the cd because consumers can make their own.. just like we have been. Viva La RevoluciĆ³n!

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Curlywagner Me too. I man its sad that all it takes really is a measly buck for them to get what the record labels would have give them. 5 bones is like I bought 5 copies...and the best part of it all is that record labels get absolutely nothing!

curlywagner
curlywagner

@soulxtcToo right :) The record companies are the main reason I don't shell out on a more regular basis.

meyou123
meyou123

I would not be suprised if they make MORE money on this than they would have otherwise with the record company. All people are after is fairness....no charity but doing this for their fans will put them in high regard that is for sure.

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Meyou Seriously I mean if they only get a buck per person who downloads it they make just as much money and if any P2P users are too much of a cheapskate out there to donate a measly buck then shame on you..... :) I think me myself might actually donate 10 bones to make the whole thing as successful as possible.

meyou123
meyou123

Heck I would not mind giving someone like that a full 20 bucks just for having the balls to stand up to the industry!

Jorge
Jorge

I would have no problem giving RH 5-10 bucks for the download atleast i know where the money is going...

meyou123
meyou123

you got that right Jorge! No more wondering how much money some fat middleman is going to make.

Mels_Smileys45
Mels_Smileys45

I think we all should give at least 5 bucks to make this a trend for the future. Screw the RIAA!

meyou123
meyou123

First nine inch nails now radiohead......is there a trend here??

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Curlywagner Me too. I man its sad that all it takes really is a measly buck for them to get what the record labels would have give them. 5 bones is like I bought 5 copies...and the best part of it all is that record labels get absolutely nothing!

curlywagner
curlywagner

@soulxtcToo right :) The record companies are the main reason I don't shell out on a more regular basis.

meyou123
meyou123

I would not be suprised if they make MORE money on this than they would have otherwise with the record company. All people are after is fairness....no charity but doing this for their fans will put them in high regard that is for sure.

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Meyou Seriously I mean if they only get a buck per person who downloads it they make just as much money and if any P2P users are too much of a cheapskate out there to donate a measly buck then shame on you..... :) I think me myself might actually donate 10 bones to make the whole thing as successful as possible.

meyou123
meyou123

Heck I would not mind giving someone like that a full 20 bucks just for having the balls to stand up to the industry!

Jorge
Jorge

I would have no problem giving RH 5-10 bucks for the download atleast i know where the money is going...

meyou123
meyou123

you got that right Jorge! No more wondering how much money some fat middleman is going to make.

Mels_Smileys45
Mels_Smileys45

I think we all should give at least 5 bucks to make this a trend for the future. Screw the RIAA!

Dni
Dni

It wasn't actually free. There was 2,5 pounds downloadcosts as far as i remember.

BostonSpin
BostonSpin

Radiohead is not as revolutionary as claimed here in this article.The first major artist to introduce this paradigm was Todd Rundgren, almost 10 years before "In Rainbows" ever "saw the light" of day!Todd explains the concept on The Daily Show back in 1998. You can judge how abstract a concept it was at the time by the way the then host reacts to the brief and simplistic review of the process!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdDIvLd2nhI



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