Just as Radiohead, Paul McCartney has split with EMI because there was lack of excitement at the label. Ed O’Brien recently said that EMI doesn’t understand the music industry. McCartney seems to agree: “But the most important thing was, I’d felt [the people at EMI] had become really very boring, y’know? And I dreaded going to see them.”
McCartney was one of millions who downloaded Radiohead’s In Rainbows, paying “something reasonable”, on the week it appeared, he told The Times. “This was how we used to operate,” he enthuses. “I remember John [Lennon], for instance, writing Instant Karma and demanding it was released the following week.”
Other former Beatle, Ringo Starr talked to TIME about the changing music industry: “In the ’80s, accountants ended up running it, and they still are. The record industry has fallen apart. But we are on to the new age, a digital one, where anyone can download. Radiohead—how great! How much do you want to pay? That’s a huge change. God bless them.”
Radiohead news on this day..
- Radiohead’s Glastonbury ’97 show on BBC Four – 2010
- Radiohead take a break from recording – 2006
- Radiohead concert on 3FM – 2003