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Radiohead Announce Record Deal

Radiohead Announce Record Deal

[b]Radiohead[/b] have confirmed that their latest album 'In Rainbows is to get a physical release, after the band signed a new 'conventional' record deal with independent label [b]XL Recordings[/b].

Radiohead's seventh album, their first since 2004, and the end of their deal with EMI Records, was released on October 10 as a download only release through their own website.

The band also caused a stir by allowing fans to name their own price for the album. The new signing means that XL will handle the album's physical CD release and distribution early next year.

XL founder Richard Russell explained the liaision: "Radiohead are a constant inspiration to us all, because they unfailingly put creativity first. XL is more than honoured to be working with Radiohead."

The label's Managing Director Ben Beardsworth added: "Radiohead have created a huge amount of excitement via the unique way in which they launched this campaign online, 'In Rainbows' is truly a classic album and it deserves to reach a massive audience, well beyond that of download and boxset sales. We will be working closely with them to help deliver that."

Radiohead join new XL label mates [b]The White Stripes[/b] and [b]Dizzee Rascal[/b]. The British label has also previously released Thom Yorke's solo album 'The Eraser'.

An exact release date for the CD version of the album is yet to be confirmed, although Radiohead's managers Bryce Edge and Chris Hufford revealed on Radio 4 last month that the album could possibly be released as early as January.

'In Rainbows' is currently only available exclusively through Radiohead.com.


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