Below, a press release I just received from Nasty Little Man, PR firm for Radiohead, no doubt in response to media inquiries from their earlier announcement about the band releasing their new CD digitally:
There will be no advances, promotional copies, digital streams, media sites, etc. of RADIOHEAD’s In Rainbows.
Everyone in the world will be getting the music at the same time: Oct. 10. That includes us. We don’t have anything to play anyone in the nine days until the record is available. Everyone at nasty has
put his or her order in and just to clarify: you are not being asked to pay for a promo (as some have inquired). you can pay nothing or as much or as little as you want.
There will be no promotional copies of the discbox either, as each discbox is being made to order. Sorry.
Meanwhile from an article in Time, emailed to me today (thanks Mark Wynns):
“This feels like yet another death knell,” emailed an A&R executive at a major European label. “If the best band in the world doesn’t want a part of us, I’m not sure what’s left for this business.”