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Radiohead – On The Record on the money

We told you so. Per Music Week and Billboard, our new favourite excuse for a blog post Radiohead are talking to a load of labels about a CD release of “In Rainbows” for 2008 and expect to make an announcement …

Fri, Oct 5, 2007, 16:44

   

We told you so. Per Music Week and Billboard, our new favourite excuse for a blog post Radiohead are talking to a load of labels about a CD release of “In Rainbows” for 2008 and expect to make an announcement next week about this.

According to the band’s management team, Courtyard Management’s Bryce Edge and Chris Hufford, none of the labels they have been talking to knew about their online release strategy in advance. On The Record would have given anything to have been able to hear what was said on Monday morning when the labels offering oodles and oodles of cash found out about that one.

So much for bypassing the traditional record labels, eh?

But as pointed out below, a band like Radiohead can not and will not spend time, money or energy on putting together the infrastructure required (from production and warehousing to fulfillment and distribution) necessary to get one album – just one album – into record stores in every territory.

This move shows that the band recognise the importance of having their record stocked in traditional retail outlets worldwide. It’s further proof of the truism that there will always be a need for a middleman to get the music from the musicians who make it to the audience who want to hear it. Given this, the trick for labels and stores now is to work out just how they can still be around in the future.