Radiohead are set to release their new album, titled The King of Limbs, as a digital download this Saturday. The band made the announcement on their website over the weekend along with posting a message telling fans, "Thank you for waiting." Radiohead also launched a new webpage devoted to the album that includes release information and what appears to be the LP's cover art.
While the digital version of The King of Limbs can be purchased on Saturday, a pricier physical package won't be available until May 9. The band is dubbing the latter release a "Newspaper Album" that will contain a CD, two 10-inch vinyl records and artwork sheets. According to the webpage, the package will specifically include "many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together." Buyers of the "Newspaper Album" also will be able to download The King of Limbs on Saturday.
Radiohead also is offering "one lucky owner" who buys the digital version of album from their website "a signed 2 track 12" vinyl."
The King of Limbs is the band's follow-up to 2007's In Rainbows. "It's genuinely exciting. It's very different from what we did last time," guitarist Ed O'Brien said about Radiohead's new effort during a BBC radio interview last June. "It's really nice to be doing this. It's so good to be making music with the band that you feel is still as good as it's ever been.
"We're at the finishing line," he added. "When you're making a record, a film, writing a book for ages and ages you think the finishing line is miles away. Now it feels it's in touching distance."
This isn't the first time Radiohead has opted for an unusual rollout plan for an album. In Rainbows was released digitally to the Internet as a surprise, with fans given the option to pay whatever they thought the collection was worth. Deluxe editions and physical copies were made available later at a set price.
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