Surprise! Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Drops New $6 Album on BitTorrent
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke unleashed Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, his first solo album in eight years, on Thursday in a very unconventional way.
“It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” Yorke said in a statement, co-written with musician Nigel Godrich, Yorke’s Atoms for Peace bandmate and Radiohead producer.
Artists partnering with BitTorrent keep 90% of the payment, while BitTorrent takes only 10%, and pays for the transaction fees.
“If it works well, it could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self-elected gate-keepers,” they wrote.
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes features eight tracks, and comes with the music video for “A Brain In A Bottle.” It’s also available to buy as a vinyl record.
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