Radiohead’s manager Chris Hufford has described the release plan for the band’s new album ‘The King Of Limbs’ as a “logical progression”.
After the pay-what-you-want-release of ‘In Rainbows’, the follow-up has a fixed price. Hufford said he was trying to look after the band’s interests by charging this time round.
Responding to the release of ‘The King Of Limbs’ yesterday, Chris Hufford told Music Week: “Our allegiances are to the band. We manage Radiohead, we don’t manage retail or labels, we just manage the band and are just trying to do the best possible thing to allow another brilliant record to be embraced by the fanbase.”
In 2007, when Radiohead caught us by surprise with their seventh album ‘In Rainbows’, The Guardian wondered if the pay-what-you-want-model was Radiohead’s bid to revive music industry.
Almost four years later with the announcement of ‘The King Of Limbs‘, the Guardian is asking almost the same question, headlining an article with ‘Will Radiohead’s The King of Limbs save the music industry?‘. With the Newspaper edition of Radiohead’s eighth album the paper draws a parallel between the music and the newspaper business.
The CD market saw a 7% decline in sales last year, a growing realisation that digital revenue will always struggle to replace the once lucrative CD market, and with tonight’s line-up at the Brit Awards intended to celebrate the best in British music, but which boasts the likes of Mumford & Sons. If that’s the best we can muster, the feeling is that the industry really is broken, writes the Guardian.