Sorry folks, the RadioheadLP7 site ISN’T after all an announcement about Radiohead’s next album. It’s a hoax that now points to a Rick Astley video on YouTube.
Still, I stand by my previous claim that Radiohead should cut out the middleman and sell their album directly to fans as a set of digital downloads. Fingers crossed.
Okay, so I wrote about the mysterious RadioheadLP7 website earlier today, and suggested it might be Radiohead going it alone and releasing their new album as a digital download. Which is still my hope.
However, NME.com quotes Radiohead’s management as saying the site’s nothing to do with them (i.e. a hoax). However, the website itself has changed now, to a blank black page that you have to click and drag your mouse to reveal some hidden text:
There’s lots of buzz on the internetwebs about this website, which is called RadioheadLP7, and has a countdown to 9am tomorrow morning. The prevailing wisdom is that it’s from the band, and heralds a big announcement of the tracklisting, release date and label for the band’s next album.
But what if it’s even cooler than that? What if Radiohead – who are out of contract, remember – have decided to go it alone? They could easily have signed a deal with some innovative digital firm to sell the new songs online directly to fans, with a CD release following later. That’s what I’d do if I was in an era-defining band with this kind of contractual freedom, anyway.