Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke gets to the meat of matters in his latest published interview with Believer Magazine, it covers all kinds of bases, including inevitable discussion of digital music and the future of creativity in the digital age…
On file-sharing, Yorke says: “Right, and if you forget about the money issue for just a minute, if it’s possible to do that – because these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about – and you look at it in terms of the most amazing broadcasting network ever built, then it’s completely different. In some ways, that’s the best way of looking at it. I mean, I don’t spend my fucking life downloading free MP3s, because I hate the websites. No one seems to know what they’re talking about. I’d much rather go to sites like Boomkat, where people know what they’re talking about.
On offer is a four-hour video remix of classic ‘In Rainbows’ track, ‘Videotape’. Sold as a unique VHS videotape (get it? Videotape? Never mind). The tape is signed by all five band members and was created by Pedro, aka James Rutledge.
MySpace is premiering the three remaining fan-made videos that were short-listed in Radiohead’s recent animated video contest,“Weird Fishes,” “15 Step,” and “Videotape.” The first to debut is here, Tobias Stretch’s “Weird Fishes.”
Crowded House front man Neil Finn confirmed the news this morning, together with members of the original Seven Worlds Collide lineup and other artists, he will record an album of entirely new material in support of Oxfam.
Polydor’s head of digital Paul Smernicki says the label is pleased with the performance of its recently released Snow Patrol iPhone application, which promoted the band’s new album. “We’re relatively pleased with the results,” he exclusively told Music Ally, Distorted Loop can reveal.
The executive also noted that the release of the software did help generate interest in the band’s latest album, ‘A Hundred Million Suns’.
Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with Beatport to promote a remix competition for the release of the band’s third album, ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’, preceded by first single ‘Ulysses’, set for release January 19.
Aping Radiohead’s remix competitions, remixable elements of the single will be made available to buy on November 4. Fans will be able to put together their own version of the track – all in advance of the release of the track, which will see its first radio play on November 17.
Fan-submitted remixes will be judged by Beatport and the Beatport community and the overall winner will then be picked by the band. The winning entries will then be released digitally to coincide with the single release in January.
Radiohead’s publisher Warner Chappell today revealed that the band’s first ever iTunes album release sold 30,000 units in the US in week one – and explained a whole heap more concerning the band’s ‘In Rainbows’ release strategy.
These statistics put paid to any criticism that the band’s release was in any sense a failure – some highlights include:
– After being made available free for three months the album was Number 1 in the UK and in the US
– The physical CD has sold 1.75 million to date and is still top 200 UK & US
– They sold 100,000 boxsets via W.A.S.T.E.
– Nearing 17 million plays on last.fm
– 1.2 million fans will see the tour