Radiohead Will Stream a Free Concert Over The Web On New Year

December 26th, 2007 at 12:00 am

radiohead in rainbows cover

Radiohead is probably the biggest music band by Web2.0 standards.  After releasing an album on the internet and having downloaders pay whatever amount they like for it, Radiohead single handedly brought down the music industry distribution cartel.

With all the attention and the phenomenal success they had with the pay-what-you-download stint they pulled, they are now going to do something similar with a free worldwide concert over the internet.

We’ve all seen how internet TV affected the world wide broadcast with live video streaming and its effects on TV and movie have been controversial.  Now, instead of going against that flow, Radiohead will beexploiting that phenomenon to promotheir new album.  Their free on the wire concert will be broadcast on New Year’s eve via CurrentTV, and their website .  Frontman Thom Yorke had this to say, "This is a wee celebration of the release of the physical manifestation of ‘in rainbows.’"

The "In Rainbows" CD will then go on sale in stores  on January 1 as well as on Amazon.  The band is currently in talks with iTunes and it’s unconfirmed if they’ll sell the album there too.

Anyway, I don’t get it.  With all the success of that internet pay-what-you-download gig they did, why go back to the stores?  Their concert must really rock. 



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