While I appreciate the fact that Radiohead is releasing an $82 CD here are $82 things that you can buy for the same price.
1 45 copies of 98 Degrees Give me one night, (Una Noche) @ Amazon.com
2. A Barrel of Oil
3. BCA Blushing Pink Fusion Soft Lights & Brush Set
4. A flight from Boise to LA
5. You can show your mom a hookers breasts
6. The Slaughter price on a cow
7. A Ducti Pink Thing watch
8. A Pioneer DVD player.
9. 195lbs of split peas.
10. Canon digital Camera
11. 4 tickets to Maroon 5 in Toronto
12.Playstation One game console, with memory card & two controllers. It works well and is in good condition. Also included are 14 Playstation One BASIC games, 11 Playstation One DEMO games and a strategy guide for Final Fantasy VII.
13. 82 Jr. Whoppers
14. 82 Spicy Chicken Sandwhiches
15. 149 Big Macs
16. 16 lbs of marbles
17. Sponsor a third world child for nearly 3 months.
18. Get call display on your TV.
19. Futuristic high tech security system.
20. A bunch of Star Wars Toys
21. .108 Ounces of raw gold
22. Two Ponies
23. A flight from Miami to Freeport
24. 54 lbs of colored sand
25. A flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlantic City
I’m really not sure if any of these are a better deal than the In Rainbows disc box but I sure could go for a slaughtered cow right now.
I was surprised when I woke up this morning and heard that Radiohead will be releasing a new album on October 10th. As far as I knew my company was still negotiating with the band to release the album… I guess I was behind the times.
The new album titled In Rainbows will be released without a record label and will be sold in mp3 form for whatever the customer is willing to pay (including $0.00). If someone wants to buy the album physically you’ll need to drop a whopping $82 on the “discbox,” which includes both CD and vinyl versions of the album, plus an additional CD/vinyl of more new songs, with the CD also including digital pictures and other such goodies. It also comes with a big photo/art book. The band is putting out this album without a record label.
Needless to say this is a big bomb for the band to drop. Essentially they are saying that they are tired of the record label taking a majority of their money and they would rather “sell” a fraction of the albums but receive a greater portion of each record sale. This marketing campaign will almost necessarily keep them off of the soundscan and billboard charts, but Radiohead has never really been the type of band to care about that sort of thing. It’s pretty brilliant. Under their old deal they were probably earning between 10% – 15% of the album sales while under their new deal they will be earning probably in the neighborhood of 85%-90% once they are in the black. If they can sell a couple thousand of the discboxes to their
stupid true fans they’ll probably make just as much money but they’ll be able to cut out a ton of middle men.
Good for Radiohead.