Radiohead: New Album Release Date

Radiohead have made their first major announcement of 2011 via their Dead Airspace Website: specifically, the release of a new album.

Radiohead: New Album Release Date
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While 2010 might have marked a period of relative silence for Oxford's most famous band, Radiohead have made their first major announcement of 2011 via their Dead Airspace Website: specifically, the release of a new album. The King Of Limbs, Radiohead's eighth studio record will be released via digital download direct through radiohead.com on 19th February 2011 in .wav and .mp3 formats. Mp3 versions will cost 6 while the lossless format is 9. The band has also announced that a deluxe, Newspaper version of the album is available for pre-order, with a scheduled release on May 9th 2011. According to the website, this version comprises:
  • Two clear 10" vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
  • A compact disc
  • Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together
  • A digital download version of the album The deluxe edition costs 30 with .mp3 and 33 with .wav. Anybody who purchases a download version of the album will also be entered into a draw for a limited edition signed version of the record. Radiohead's 2007 release In Rainbows was released via the band's website through a pay what you like scheme, as well as a deluxe double vinyl format. That record marked the first time that Radiohead had put out an album outside of a record label framework. A track listing for the album has yet to be released.
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      TheDissident
      Been waiting a while... woke up and still half asleep checked their website. Then proceeded to go about the rest of my day with a stupid smile singing from In Rainbows... pumped for the album
      Paramore.
      Awesome! wait... digital download version... in a real, touchable thing? is it some code for free download or something?. Will probably buy the special edition anyway
      likogh
      KasanDude wrote: Douches. Advocate free music and then charge 6-9 pounds for a CD you could have made for 0.50. Not to mention the millions they have in profit. Thom's a hypocrite.
      come on man, 6-9 pounds is a pretty reasonable price to pay for a piece of work of such amazing artists.
      Freohr7
      KasanDude wrote: Douches. Advocate free music and then charge 6-9 pounds for a CD you could have made for 0.50. Not to mention the millions they have in profit. Thom's a hypocrite.
      Were you thinking of Trent Reznor? Radiohead never sold their music for free, except for that one Twisted Words song. Anyway I'm so psyched for this album. For the first time I'm really considering buying the full collector's package thing, wonder why it's called the newspaper version?
      anthonyd3ca
      KasanDude wrote: Douches. Advocate free music and then charge 6-9 pounds for a CD you could have made for 0.50. Not to mention the millions they have in profit. Thom's a hypocrite.
      Would you write, compose, arrange, and record an album and have it sold for 0.50?? Music is an art. I don't know why you would expect them to sell their art (a whole freakin album!!) for only 0.50. I'm pretty sure their talent and musicianship is worth much than that. did you even think one bit before you posted your comment?
      Xaiver
      Rimfrost wrote: I hope they release a normal cd version of the album, im not really interested in paying money for digital music.
      Me too. They did it for In Rainbows, they'll probably do it again.
      Jehuty
      Freohr7 Were you thinking of Trent Reznor? Radiohead never sold their music for free, except for that one Twisted Words song.
      When they first released In Rainbows it was in digital format, and people were allowed to pay whatever money they wanted (they could also download it for free if they wanted to).
      Rimfrost
      I hope they release a normal cd version of the album, im not really interested in paying money for digital music.
      GBcommander
      Root Beer wrote: GBcommander wrote: Awesome news. In Rainbows was a fantastic record. The only thing I'm slightly irritated by is that their will be no CD version. I prefer a CD over a "file". There will be a CD version too; it said so in the article.
      I didn't see anything about a CD except in the "Newspaper Edition" though? Maybe I can't read XD
      13Kelly13
      KasanDude wrote: Douches. Advocate free music and then charge 6-9 pounds for a CD you could have made for 0.50. Not to mention the millions they have in profit. Thom's a hypocrite.
      Then torrent it then - he doesn't care
      Wiegenlied
      KasanDude wrote: Douches. Advocate free music and then charge 6-9 pounds for a CD you could have made for 0.50. Not to mention the millions they have in profit. Thom's a hypocrite.
      Radiohead are making moves that will change a dying music industry. This path they are taking will help the future success of indepedent bands and musicians. However, if they charged 50 cents for a record that will sell millions regardless, that would discourage audiences from purchasing other indie/local bands material that they release for $10-20 as they'd consider it over priced and poor quality. The point is they are laying down a format for bands to make success with in the future, and that music can be made profitable without the help of record label and cooporations. Why would they charge $9 when could potentially charge 0.50, you ask? Well that's like asking why you want to get paid $20/hour at a job when you only need $5 to pay for your food. And when has any other band decide to release their music for free? Yeah, these guys are real greedy douches. The point is overall with the amount of music that is downloaded or streamed a very small portion is made from actual purchases and a standard needs to be set in order for their to be profit. Chill out, this is below half the price cd's use to be, and this will probably go down as some of the greatest music thats been released in decades. You're just another example of someone who's been corrupted by cooporate propaganda. Music is intangible and priceless, we should do all we can to support those who make it, especially innovators like Radiohead.
      sardonicgoat
      Egypt none withstanding, the headline should read "Radiohead makes THE first major announcement of 2011"...can't wait to love every single track....
      loz4
      Radiohead_u2 wrote: Radiohead > every other band.
      Dear god, radiohead elitest > Hitler, on the scale of "How much do people disrespect you?"
      simpro14.5
      I'm wondering if it will be on iTunes, since I do not have a credit card and can't preorder it. If not I,ll wait longer for the CD...I can't wait seriously!!
      Root Beer
      GBcommander wrote: Awesome news. In Rainbows was a fantastic record. The only thing I'm slightly irritated by is that their will be no CD version. I prefer a CD over a "file".
      There will be a CD version too; it said so in the article.
      gapazian
      also, what's the problem with buying 7 pounds for a digital mp3 record? sure, you don't have a cd or anything, it's still pretty cheap considering what new albums costs nowadays. you're too good to pay that small amount for an album by possibly the greatest band of our generation? i also already pre-ordered the newspaper edition, so pumped about what it has, it's crazy.
      Austindicola
      I just pre-ordered the digital download in WAV format I'm going to try to pre-order the vinyl + CD and artwork form too. I've never been so stunned before in my life, to wake up, nonchalantly checking UG, and seeing that the musical group that means the most to me, has just announced a new album. Maybe the album will stink and I'm wasting my money, but I trust Radiohead to deliver music that they are happy with, and that's all I'm looking for. Good luck to everyone, and I hope one of you gets that signature!
      Gibson1983
      Ok I am a super fan of Radiohead, but just take a step back here. If a record company would have announced this: Pay 7 for download now; Pay 9 for physical cd on 9 May. ...everyone would have burnt them down for making fans pay twice for the same music. I love Radiohead, really, and I think it's great they're trying to reinvent the music industry, but I also know that I'm going to pay twice for the same music!
      jimzer
      someone else wrote this comment but i'll repost it: "This news was a definite jizz in pants moment. It's quite clever how they realised that most Radiohead fans are sad and lonely individuals (like me) so a good way to cheer them up. on one of the most depressing days of the year. is to announce a new album. Genius." but yes i ordered the newspaper album. so excited.
      fetjuel
      rafey wrote: am i the only one who thinks 6 pounds is a bit much? how much canadian is that, like, 10? guess the 'in rainbows' model didn't get them as much money as they hoped =\ reznor sold the entirety of ghosts for $5 if i remember correctly..
      Actually, they made a lot of money and more than enough. 6 is not bad at all... considering here in the U.S., most new albums are between 15 and 25 dollars. Either way, the wife and I were discussing this not too long ago, so this is great.
      Root Beer
      JohnnyGenzale wrote: Joker-82 wrote: hope its similar to Hail To The Thief, loved that one. radiohead rulez d00d! Yeah so do I. Please make the album similiar to their 00's stuff. Kid A, In Rainbows and Hail To The Thief and I'll be very happy.
      Dude... Are you seriously asking Radiohead to go BACKWARDS?..
      Root Beer
      GBcommander wrote: Root Beer wrote: GBcommander wrote: Awesome news. In Rainbows was a fantastic record. The only thing I'm slightly irritated by is that their will be no CD version. I prefer a CD over a "file". There will be a CD version too; it said so in the article. I didn't see anything about a CD except in the "Newspaper Edition" though? Maybe I can't read XD
      Well why would they release that "newspaper version" thing and not sell the CD individually? That would be ridiculous if the only way you could get a CD is to shell out $50...
      GreekRockr9
      KasanDude wrote: Douches. Advocate free music and then charge 6-9 pounds for a CD you could have made for 0.50. Not to mention the millions they have in profit. Thom's a hypocrite.
      God forbid these people, among other musicians, get paid to do their jobs. A record is a big project that costs a lot of money.
      bksbeat
      I literally jizzed in my pants when I saw this news on twitter yesterday.Ordered everything already.
      bluesnd63
      As far as I'm concerned, Radiohead is one of the few bands around today that produce genuinely good music. And for that fact, they should charge whatever they want and people should pay it. Just think, you pay 10 bucks for a Radiohead album, give them what THEY deserve (meaning they actually deserve it, most don't), and then go out and illegally download 10 albums from crappy bands to even it out. Radiohead is truly about its fans and the fans should pay them back for it. I'm pretty sure that an amateur could sell an album for 50 cents, don't be ignorant and say some of the most talented musicians in the world, in history, should do the same.
      samuraimusaki
      rafey wrote: am i the only one who thinks 6 pounds is a bit much? how much canadian is that, like, 10? guess the 'in rainbows' model didn't get them as much money as they hoped =\ reznor sold the entirety of ghosts for $5 if i remember correctly..
      But Ghosts sucked.
      Superperfex
      People are complaining about having to pay for this album? Really? You all missed the point of In Rainbows being any price....
      bagamush
      loz4 wrote: Radiohead_u2 wrote: Radiohead > every other band. Dear god, radiohead elitest > Hitler, on the scale of "How much do people disrespect you?"
      All I have to say to that is Radiohead > every other band.
      imamusicadept
      samuraimusaki wrote: rafey wrote: am i the only one who thinks 6 pounds is a bit much? how much canadian is that, like, 10? guess the 'in rainbows' model didn't get them as much money as they hoped =\ reznor sold the entirety of ghosts for $5 if i remember correctly.. But Ghosts sucked.
      ghosts was amazing, it didn't suck at all... but really, quit complaining about the prices. it's good music. if you don't wanna pay for it don't listen to it, even if you pirated it it wouldn't matter
      filipe26
      Superperfex wrote: People are complaining about having to pay for this album? Really? You all missed the point of In Rainbows being any price....
      TRUE.
      filipe26
      I don't know if i still like Radiohead enough to buy one of their albums, but since they showed that great attitude on the "pay what you like" gesture, i'll probably buy the lossless version to check it out. One thing i know is that with a band like this, unless you're hungry poor, you SHOULDN'T DOWNLOAD THEIR MUSIC FOR FREE. At least not if you like it and intend to keep listening.
      Daysleeper_05
      Radiohead isn't simply greater than any other band, because they can't really be compared to anything else. Radiohead isn't even my favorite band, but I still consider them to be on a whole different level.
      ahiddenmexican
      just when i was thinking i couldn't wait any longer for new stuff! can't wait til feb. 19th here's to hoping These Are My Twisted Words and Give Up the Ghost are on there