Well, well, well. Radiohead, err Jonny more like it, announced that a new Radiohead album will be released on October 10th. Yes, you read it correctly. October 10th. That is next week.
It will be called In Rainbows and the way it will be released is quite interesting. First off, it will only be available on www.inrainbows.com initially.
Secondly, it appears that they are releasing this album without a signed deal with a record company. Of course, many of us have been saying for years that they don’t need EMI or any label.
If you go to the site now, you’ll notice that there are two options for pre-ordering: Discbox and Download.
What is the difference?
THIS CONSISTS OF THE NEW ALBUM, IN RAINBOWS, ON CD AND ON 2 X 12 INCH HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL RECORDS. A SECOND, ENHANCED CD CONTAINS MORE NEW SONGS, ALONG WITH DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTWORK. THE DISCBOX ALSO INCLUDES ARTWORK AND LYRIC BOOKLETS. ALL ARE ENCASED IN A HARDBACK BOOK AND SLIPCASE.
THE ALBUM DOWNLOAD AUTOMATICALLY COMES WITH THIS PACK. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FILE DIGITALLY FROM THE 10TH OCTOBER 2007.
DISCBOXES ARE BEING MADE TO ORDER AND ARE PRICED AT £40.00 INCLUDING POSTAGE. SHIPPING WILL BEGIN ON OR BEFORE 3RD DECEMBER 2007.
If you don’t want to pay for all the extra stuff, you can simply download the songs on October 10th. How much does it cost? YOU DECIDE. Radiohead is letting you choose how much to pay. No really, it’s up to you.
Have you passed out from excitement yet? I mean seriously… “Nude” is finally being released!
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can discuss this with others at our message board, Mortigi Tempo.
UPDATE 10/1 8:30 AM: According to this Rolling Stone article, In Rainbows will be available to purchase in stores in early 2008.