Radiohead is shaking up the way music is sold -- again - Reverb

News: Radiohead to release new record Saturday

Radiohead plans to reinvent the music sales recipe...again. Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP.

Radiohead plans to reinvent the music sales recipe...again. Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP.

And to think, we could all be listening to the new Radiohead album as early as … Saturday!

The British band announced this morning that “King of Limbs,” its eighth album, is now available for preorder at its website. The day-after-the-Grammys announcement surprised many, and the band’s peculiar methods of securing the record also might startle fans. Digital-only fans can get preorder the files now ($9 for MP3, $14 for WAV) for download on Saturday. Folks who want something a tad more involved can opt for the “Newspaper Album” option, which runs $48-$53 (depending on MP3s or WAVs for the downloaded portion).

Here’s a bit more from thekingoflimbs.com:

“Radiohead’s new record, “The King Of Limbs,” is presented here as the world’s first Newspaper Album, comprising:

• Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.

• A compact disc.

• Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.

• The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.

• The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download on Saturday 19th February 2011.

• Shipping is included in the prices shown.

• One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl.”

Radiohead’s last record, “In Rainbows,” was release in October 2007 as a pay-what-you-can digital download — later followed up with an actual CD/vinyl release.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.

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