Radiohead have made the surprise announcement that they will release their new album this Saturday (19 February). In a message posted today on their website, the band provided fans with details of how they can purchase their eighth studio album, The King of Limbs.
The release recalls the way in which their last album, In Rainbows, was delivered in 2007. Then, the band offered fans a chance to pay whatever they wanted to download the LP as part of a bold experiment. Now, the Oxford five-piece are offering "the world's first newspaper album". This comprises a CD copy of The King of Limbs and a number of collectable extras, including "two clear 10in vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve, many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradable plastic to hold it all together".
This time, however, the "honesty box" scheme of In Rainbows has been dropped and fans can expect to pay £30 for the newspaper package, available in May. A cheaper option is available – £6 for a downloadable version of the album to be made available this weekend.
Little is known about the band's new material, with Radiohead drummer Phil Selway saying last September that they were working through 18 months' worth of material but the album was "up in the air". Previously, rehearsals had been described as "noisy and chaotic" by bassist Colin Greenwood, who also said they were once again working with producer Nigel Godrich.
The King of Limbs will be released on Saturday 19 February 2011
Source: The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/feb/14/radiohead-new-album