Grammy weekend is a nexus for music news from acts besides the big winners–Lady Gaga chose Friday to drop her new single, and now even “Born This Way” may be overshadowed by British rockers born that way. Radiohead continues to shun traditional music labels, as they have announced their next album The King of Limbs will be self-distributed on Saturday. Regular MP3 or WAV versions sell for, respectively, $9 and $14, while a “newspaper album” consisting of vinyl records, a CD, a digital download, and “625 tiny pieces of artwork” will sell for $48 for MP3 or $53 for WAV, and ship for a May 9 deadline.
What is a “newspaper album”? We first presumed it was a nod to the free distribution of records, as artists like Prince have done through British newspapers–another means by which record companies have been stymied in recent years. Yorke’s reps emailed us and said that, while they’re withholding details from the public as yet, “it isn’t the Prince thing”–not a reference to newspaper giveaways. If that’s not Radiohead’s intent, perhaps the 625 pieces of artwork will add up to even more relevant news content than an average issue of The Daily.
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