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Radiohead to issue Newspaper ‘The Universal Sigh’ on Monday

Radiohead will not only release their 8th album ‘The King Of Limbs’ on Monday, but also a newspaper and a website; The Universal Sigh.

When Radiohead announced their new album, The King Of Limbs, on February 14, they said it was going to be the first newspaper album. The actual Newspaper album will not arrive till early May, but Radiohead are set to issue a Newspaper on the date of the physical retail release: Monday March 28. In some countries (i.e. The Netherlands), the record will be out on Friday March 25 and in other countries (USA, Canada) on Tuesday March 29.

Fans will be able to acquire a newspaper made by the band. The newspaper will be distributed in many capital cities (and several other locations) around the world. Radiohead have produced a newspaper which will be given away, free, gratis, without cost to the consumer by accredited vendors from a multitude of locations WORLDWIDE!

In the USA, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, Poland, Germany, Austria, in the Czech Republic, in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Australia, Latvia, Iceland, Romania, New Zealand, the UK and a load of other places around the globe, our dedicated teams of newspaper delivery people will be handing out copies of THE UNIVERSAL SIGH to anyone who wants one, until we run out!

In conjunction with this unbelievable offer, Radiohead have established THE UNIVERSAL SIGH as a website on the internet, where details of your nearest vendor can be found, as well as more informations and a photogallery where we will be posting photos and the lucky owners of the gratis tabloid are invited to post pictures of themselves and their friends reading the newspaper in locations diverse and unusual.

The band state that there will be other stuff too, “but we haven’t thought of it yet.” But, just in case you were wondering: This newspaper IS NOT the newspaper that accompanies the Newspaper Album version of The King of Limbs. This event WILL NOT be repeated. This event IS NOT a live performance by Radiohead.

The event will be all around the world as a website will be operational which will host photos of people who have obtained the newspaper, The Universal Sigh, as photos will appear on

Radiohead will measure the carbon footprint of this project, and to offset the potential ecological impact we will retire the carbon credits used. Carbon Retirement is the most effective method of offsetting, because it is the only way you can be 100% sure that the emission reduction you pay for will take place.

Here are all the locations:

AMSTERDAM Utrechtsestraat 52- 60, 1017 VP Amsterdam
ATHENS 54 Panepistimiou street, Athens, 10678, Greece
AUCKLAND Outside Real Groovy Records, 438 Queen St, Auckland CBD, 1010
BARCELONA Plaza Universidad (08007), Barcelona, Spain
BASEL Media Markt Basel, Güterstr. 115, 4053 Basel, Switzerland
BERLIN Bergmannstrasse / Ecke Mehringdamm, 10961 Berlin, Germany
BOSTON, HARVARD SQUARE 22 Jfk Street Cambridge, MA 02138
BOSTON, NEWBURY STREET Outside Newbury Comics, 332 Newbury Street, Boston 02115
BRATISLAVA Dr. Horak, Medena 19, 81101 Bratislava, Slovakia
BRUSSELS FNAC Brussels, City 2, Nieuwstraat/Rue Neuve, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
BUCHAREST Carturesti, Str. Pictor Arthur Verona 13, Bucharest 010312, Romania
BUDAPEST neon music/musicland, almassy ter 8, 1077 Budapest, Hungary
CHICAGO, UKRAINIAN VILLAGE 1957 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60622-5580
CHICAGO, WICKER PARK 26 East Madison st. Chicago, IL 60602
COPENHAGEN University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 76, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
DUBLIN Outside Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, off Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland
GLASGOW Queen St, Glasgow, G1 2AQ
HAMBURG Schulterblatt / Höhe Flora, 20357 Hamburg, Germany
HELSINKI Stupido Shop, Iso Roobertinkatu 23, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
JAPAN Distribution details coming soon
LAUSANNE FNAC Lausanne, Rue de Genève 6, 1002 Lausanne, Switzerland
LISBON Praça Luís de Camões, 1200-243, Lisboa
LONDON Dray Walk, Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL
LOS ANGELES, HOLLYWOOD 6400 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028
LOS ANGELES, SILVERLAKE 3700 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
MADRID Plaza Matute 12, (28012), Madrid, Spain
MANCHESTER Outside Bread and Butter Cafe, Tibs St, Northern Quarter, Manchester
MELBOURNE Polyester Records, 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
MILAN Santeria, Via Paladini 8, 20133 Milano, Italy
MINNEAPOLIS, DINKYTOWN 1308 4th Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55414
MINNEAPOLIS, UPTOWN 3001 Hennepin Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
MONTREAL HMV – 1020 Ste Catherine O, Montreal, QC H3B 2V5
MOSCOW Moscow – 119072, Russia
NEW YORK, SOHO 560 Broadway New York, NY 10012
NEW YORK, TIMES SQUARE 1515 Broadway New York, NY 10036
NEW YORK, UNION SQUARE 4 Union Square South New York, NY 10003
NOVOSIBIRSK Novosibirsk – 630099, Russia
OSLO Platekompaniet, Oslo City, Stenersgate 1, 0050 Oslo, Norway
PARIS Place Georges Pompidou, Junction between Rue Saint Martin and Rue Aubry le Boucher, 75004 Paris
PHILADELPHIA, SOUTH STR AND S. 6TH 538 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19147-2219
PHILADELPHIA, UNIVERSITY CITY 133 South 36th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-3246
PORTLAND, HAWTHORNE 3610 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214-5144
PORTLAND, MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR 97227
PRAGUE Vaclavske namesti 1, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
REYKJAVIK Smekkleysa, Laugavegur 35, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
RIGA Nabaklab, Zigfrida Annas Meierovica bulvaris 12, Riga, Latvia LV-1010
SAN FRANCISCO, HAIGHT ST Outside the Amoeba, 1855 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117
SAN FRANCISCO, MISSION DISTRICT 3004 16th St # 303 San Francisco, CA 94103-3462
SANTA MONICA 1248 3rd St. Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401
SEATTLE, BALLARD 5449 Ballard Avenue Northwest Seattle, WA 98107-4052
SEATTLE, CAPITOL HILL 917 East Pine Street Seattle, WA 98122-3843
STOCKHOLM Bengans Skivbutik, Drottninggatan 20, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden
SYDNEY Redeye Records, 66 King Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
TALLINN Viru Keskus, Viru valjak 4, 11314 Tallinn, ESTONIA
TORONTO Yonge and Dundas Square – NW corner
VANCOUVER HMV – 1160 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2, Canada
VIENNA Ende Mariahilferstrasse / Höhe Rahlgasse, 1070 Wien, Austria
VILNIUS Muzikos bomba music shop, Vilniaus str. 22, Vilnius, LT-01402, Lithuania
WARSAW Nowy Swiat 63, 00-042 Warszawa, Poland
WASHINGTON DC, JEFFERSON AND 7TH 784 Jefferson Street SW Washington DC, DC 20011
WASHINGTON DC, UNION STATION Historic Downtown, 830 Jefferson Dr. SW ., DC 20002

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  • Well I wasn’t going to write this AGAIN.

  • woah

  • yawn, make a good record with all 5 members playing music together and then we can talk…

  • “yawn, make a good record with all 5 members playing music together and then we can talk…”

    They just did that like a few weeks ago didn’t they?

  • Only in major cities? I wonder if it will be downloadable from the website.


    61 total locations. Man I wish I was living in a major city. My hometown is Toronto so I missed out on that. I will be buying one of these on ebay I suppose.

    12 page newspaper is going to be sweet, we will finally get to hear from the band and find out what the hell is going on with The King of Limbs and This Newspaper ALbum.

  • I want, I want, but I can’t, I can’t

  • Toronto please.

  • Holy cow. I can just make it to my location, but then I have an appointment and then have to take the train for a 4 hour journey to a city not among the chosen locations.

    I hope the paper isn’t given away late!

  • It’s available in Toronto, Black Caviar and FakePlasticTunes.

    Am I wrong or didn’t it say on the Northwest corner of Yonge and Dundas? I live within walking distance.

  • when did Radiohead fans become such haters?!?! You would think that after all of these years that you would expect the unexpected with the boys but no. Stop projecting what you want from them and appreciate what they give you. They could have not produced a new album at all so please stop your bitching or go out and make the music you want to hear yourselves. Over it dude!

  • The 2nd Chicago location is not “Wicker Park”. Its the Loop. At least based on the address. Verification???

  • Well said btroubles, totally agree.

    You guys in LA and NY always get everything!!! (jealous).

  • So you can only get this newspaper from the places listed… Why can I not go down to my local music store (the only one where I live) which is a HMV and pick up the album and a copy then?

  • this is fun!

  • this is the biggest mindgame they’ve played on us in all these years – YOU BLOKES BETTER HAVE SOME B-SIDES FOR US AT SOME POINT IN THIS GAME!!!! 🙂

  • Only Australia/New Zealand in the South Hemisphere… 🙁

    Can anyone take a copy for me and then ship it to my address in Brazil, please?

    I will of course pay for the freight cost…

  • I’d like to knwo when this will be available… I live in Chicago, but I have to work during those times and I can’t skip out on work since it’s a new job…. DAMMIT. Maybe I can get a friend to pick one up for me…

  • Why three LA cities but none in Orange County? I’m tire of having to drive to LA for all things Radiohead related.

  • Of course, not surprise they are NOT available in my deep southern city. 🙁

  • So, nothing south of DC? Wow, thanks guys. I thought we had something 🙁

  • Cause LA is gangsta like that homes

  • 3 LA cities? i only see 2.
    anyone have a guess as to WHEN it will be issued?

  • After I spend $15 dollars in round trip in gas and be in traffic for 2 1/2 hours to get to LA. NO THANK YOU!

    And here we go with this bullshit carbon footprint again!!!

  • There are 3 L.A. places? I only see 2. Unless I am blind.

  • Fuck my life. I’m a day’s trip away from the nearest location.

  • 2 in Los Angeles and 1 in Santa Monica, which is basically LA.

  • So we can find a copy Tuesday in USA. When the album is in stores? Or Monday the day before?

  • Bullocks!! WTF no Texas cities, we are the freaking 7 largest economy in the world, we have Austin, San Antone, and nothing? WTF Radiohead, WTF!!!

  • Could someone pick one up for me? I will pay you for the shipping and gas money or whatever. Email me…

  • …

  • All of you trying to get a copy by travelling are obviously not RH fans, the paper will be up on their site the same day!!
    By driving around you are completely missing the Eco message behind everything the band are trying to achieve.
    Be patient
    The Internet will be there with all the juicy stuff
    And if you pre ordered the newspaper album it will all be included in one form or another
    I hope all this mystery gets rid of pretend music fans
    As they are really starting to show their true colours

  • 2 blocks away from one of the locations


  • Hey Tara its because Orange county is for Housewives who blow!! Stop your bitchen’ your only 30 miles from L.A.. Spoiled OC brats….

  • I am going to have to skip work for this, although I am probably going to run into a bunch of hipster douches (Silver Lake) who probably listened to TKOL before it was released and now think it’s “old”. Oh well, there’s always my fist in their faces.

  • 2 Minneapolis locations is a real nice.

    But what’s this all about? I’m very confused what this newspaper idea is supposed to accomplish

  • will take the bus and go to the CBD to get The universal sigh…
    And will be very happy! ahahahahah!!!
    A big hug to ya all from Sydney!!

  • I’d bet it’s one per customer with so many wanting a copy – it’s a novel idea and I’ll bet the code inside will be to music. This is a collector’s item. I’m sure all pages will be scanned on the fan sites next Tuesday.

  • Rome?

  • These guys love to do things differently , look forward to some wanton profiteering on ebay for some people !!

  • hmmm… I wonder which will have more people show up… Amoeba Records or Silverlake…

  • Was it only me that noticed this?

    “Along with this you will be given a coupon with a unique code and what you can do with it”

  • I live in Manchester. I should probably get the bus from Fallowfield into town.

    You just know there’s gonna be massive queues..

    Urgh. Maybe I can’t be arsed.

    They should have put it in The Cornerhouse, I would have got one then.

    Lazy, lazy, lazy.

  • I’m sure we’re gonna find something out about the leftovers on Monday. I’ll bet on a free download of 4-5 b-sides this year.

  • by the way, can anyone tell me what was the distance in time between the release of IR-the album and disk 2? 3 months?
    and what about the KID A – Amnesiac stuff?


    Just noticed the advertising feature down the bottom. There appears to be lots of space for more stuff (albums, dvd’s)!


    I read that as more albums straight away….

    Anyone else like this idea?

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  • wicked! if they or the newspaper are coming to malaysia, then it’s the end of the world

  • why does radiohead always shun calgary? wtfff

  • Yes Mike, in fact, you are the only one, because you made it up..

  • Just fueling shit, this is on iTunes:

    “Please note: The pre-order contents listed here are subject to change without notice and the final product received may differ.”

    (probably on all releases and I don’t think the tracklisting will change but for those that do….)

  • Amsterdam Amsterdam..anyone have a clue what time?????


  • @Mephistophilis

    Thank you, enlightening! 😉

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  • Why do they have to release this at 1 in the afternoon?! D:< NOT ALL OF YOUR FANS ARE OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL YET RADIOHEAD!!!

  • Would have been cool if the sent a box of newspapers to the music stores selling the album, that way they could’ve covered more than just major cities. Oh well. Someone get it and scan it to the web

  • Perhaps someone can gather a few and post them for us? Group effort?

  • Universal yawn…

  • Given the whole newspaper thing, it’s curious they’d leave off a song entitled: “The Daily Mail.”

  • @lifeistao
    welcomes 🙂 LOL

    @ChieftanMews on twitter
    Nomen mihi Legio est, quia multi sumus.

  • Ugh damn! I’m leaving Auckland tonight (27th) and flying to Brisbane for a week, where I can’t get the newspaper!! I live like 10min from Real Groovy as well… Shit!! Huge Radiohead collector here, epic, epic fail!

  • Looking forward to all the events unfolding on Monday. Should be a fun day. I know I will be at work surfing the internet for 8 hours!

    I have to believe that a e-version of The Universal Sigh newspaper will be also available for fans either Monday or Tuesday as well.

  • The Capital of New Zealand is Wellington but it’s not listed, instead they choose Auckland.

  • All the complaining, you’d think you deserve it, such a ‘sense of entitlement’ Americans. Be happy, something is something, could be nothing. I’m sure there’s a reason behind it anyway.

  • Wish it was on the weekend. Even though I live in NYC, no luck in getting to the distribution sites in the middle of the workday. Damn them! (said faintly, as the music is all that really matters, and I’m happy with what’s been given in that category lately)

  • “btroubles
    “March 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    when did Radiohead fans become such haters?!?! You would think that after all of these years that you would expect the unexpected with the boys but no. Stop projecting what you want from them and appreciate what they give you.”

    totally agree

  • Chris Brown and REM both gave interviews this week saying the same words: ‘We hope this is the album our fans have been wanting from us.’ Radiohead know we want more than 8 songs, that we blog about songs like ‘supercolider’ and ‘present tense’. They know we love to hear jonny rock out. They also know we love to hear them experiment and grow. They surely know this record is a half-hearted effort of what sound like demo tracks.

  • Erin…shut up

  • Also, if you’re reading and caring about Chris Brown interviews, your opinion about Radiohead is immediately deemed invalid.

  • ok. im confused. i thought the paper was going to be released on the 28th all over the world. but its going to be released on the actual date of the cd release?
    so in USA it would be the 29th?

  • I’ve got the newspaper, some of the lyrics inside, eg “slowly we UNFURL, as lotus flowers”

  • Hey guys you can read the paper now in a pdf file!

  • more music, less paper

  • Got it!!!!!

  • any news on new songs !?
    the daily mail !?
    I really don’t get it !?

  • someone read the newspaper with 3d glasses !?

  • London: It’s at Rough Trade East and Thom is shaking hands at the end of a very long queue. People in line since 10.

  • Yeah. If you live in London – you can get a paper personally from Thom )

  • I got mine from Thom! :o)

  • It has a QR code on the back need to download a QR reader now on my iPhone …

  • Wow Thom was there !!! Very impressive 🙂

  • The QR code just took me to the universal sigh website when I uploaded it online..still cool though.

  • What about Mexico? isn’t big enough?

  • does anybody know what im supposed to do with the code given to me today? thankx…

  • @ “Radiofuckinhead Brazil” guy who wrote:

    “Can anyone take a copy for me and then ship it to my address in Brazil, please?”

    you didn’t leave any contact detail, but I took a copy for you and if you see this and write me an email at, I can ship it together with the little code..
    Or I will ship it to anyone else from southern hemisphere if anyone’s interested…

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