Many Radiohead fans were left in dismay after a number of their songs, B-sides and albums were removed from Spotify and streaming services last night. Well, now it seems that their back catalogue has fallen under new ownership.
Deluxe editions of the band's first six albums (featuring many rarities and B-sides), as well as their greatest hits compilation have now been removed from Spotify. These are now listed under their current record label XL and Beggars, rather than EMI/Parlophone, whom the band used to be signed to until going independent with In Rainbows in 2007.
The deluxe editions and greatest hits compilation were put out by EMI in 2008 and 2009, against the wishes of the band. Well, now it looks like the band have clawed back more control.
“As a result of the transfer of Radiohead’s catalogue from Warner Music to Beggars Group (the owner of XL), the band’s catalogue on Spotify has been streamlined, meaning that a small number of products are no longer available,” a Spotify spokesman told Music Ally.
The band and label are yet to comment on the move.
It looks like album No.9 could drop any day now, especially after the band formed their own company Dawn Chorus LLP - just as they did prior to the release of In Rainbows and The King Of Limbs. We also got our first taste of new material when the band unveiled their alternative James Bond theme song 'Spectre' (much to Sam Smith's dismay).
Not only that, but the band's producer Nigel Godrich seems to have moved on to working on the new Red Hot Chili Peppers' album. This comes after artist and collaborator Stanley Donwood claims that while it may not be finished yet, Radiohead's new album is 'a work of art'.
The band's upcoming headline tour dates are below, with tickets available here.
MAY 20 AMSTERDAM, HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL
MAY 21 AMSTERDAM, HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL
MAY 23 PARIS, LE ZENITH
MAY 24 PARIS, LE ZENITH
MAY 26 LONDON, ROUNDHOUSE
MAY 27 LONDON, ROUNDHOUSE
MAY 28 LONDON, ROUNDHOUSE
JULY 26 NEW YORK, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
JULY 27 NEW YORK, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
AUGUST 4 LOS ANGELES SHRINE AUDITORIUM
AUGUST 8 LOS ANGELES SHRINE AUDITORIUM
OCTOBER 3 MEXICO CITY PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES
OCTOBER 4 MEXICO CITY PALACIO DE LOS DEPORTES
Meanwhile, the band will also be playing the following festivals: