Thom Yorke celebrates Obama’s victory by humbly donating ‘a remix of harrowdown hill that was finished ages ago during the band webcasts’. A pretty gloomy musical piece as a ‘small reminder of the dark days of Bush’s….’
That’s not the only remix news Radiohead has to offer. Uk’s The Guardian has addressed five renowned jazzmen to perform interpretation of the song ‘Nude’ out of Radiohead’s latest album, ‘In Rainbows’. You can listen to the versions here.
Beautiful results for a beautiful song. For those of you who still haven’t given In Rainbows a shot, I urge you to do so. The album is breathtaking.
A couple of weeks ago the band’s publishing firm released the numbers behind its success, and those too are breathtaking. In Rainbows to date, has moved more than 3 million units, across box-sets, physical CD sales, and downloads via iTunes and the band’s website. The physical CD itself has moved 1.75 million since its release in January.
The ‘pay what you want’ model did pay off big time, even after Radiohead got criticized for dropping it after three months. We all agree that very few are the bands that can pull this off, but these numbers proove that quality of music surpasses the prestige of a band’s reputation. Their previous album ‘Hail to the thief’ moved less copies even as it was label-supported. This goes to show that top-notch major label executive marketing and promotion isn’t necessarily the answer to healthy success.
We are at a time where people can listen to whatever they want from whoever they want whenever they want. My take on this is that only the artists who concentrate more on their art then on anything else have better chances at getting noticed and appreciated for what they do.