Friday, December 21, 2007

Thom hits the Radiohead treble

Thom Yorke has revealed the enormous success of Radiohead's download-only new album "In Rainbows".

The singer says the group have made more digital income from the release than from the rest of their back catalogue put together.

Earlier this year, Radiohead left EMI Records and decided to release the follow-up to 2004's "Hail To The Thief" themselves.

Yorke says it's been a rewarding financial venture for them, helped by the fact that their former label had been taking a large proportion of download revenue.

He explained: "In terms of digital income, we've made more money out of this record than out of all the other Radiohead albums put together, forever - in terms of anything on the 'net.

"And that's nuts. It's partly due to the fact that EMI wasn't giving us any money for digital sales. All the contracts signed in a certain era have none of that stuff."

Speaking to, Yorke also revealed the inspiration behind the idea to give the album away back in October.

"It wasn't nihilistic, implying that the music's not worth anything at all, it was the total opposite. And people took it as it was meant. Maybe that's just people having a little faith in what we're doing.

"It was simply a response to a situation. We're out of contract. We have our own studio. We have this new server. What the hell else would we do?"

"In Rainbows" is released on traditional formats on December 31.

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