Radiohead's Back Catalog Changes Labels, B-Sides Temporarily Removed From Streaming Services
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:56:38
Radiohead B-sides, live tracks, and non-album cuts have been removed from streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, and others, today. The removal is part of a large scale label transfer involving Radiohead's pre-In Rainbows catalog. An XL spokesperson has released a statement via Rolling Stone: "This is the first step in the transfer of Radiohead's back catalogue from Parlophone to XL. The main albums are being made available in their original form as a start, before non-LP material is reconfigured."
The news comes as the latest part of Parlophone's divestment process that began in 2013 with Warner Music Group's acquisition of the label, Billboard reports. Radiohead are perhaps the biggest name still tied to Parlophone (since the Beatles' catalog has moved to Universal).
According to XL's spokesperson, it is merely coincidental that XL has acquired Radiohead's back catalog at this time--shortly after the band announced they're in the studio working on their 9th LP.
Radiohead's initial record contract with the EMI subsidiary Parlophone expired after 2003's Hail to the Thief. In 2011, the record company began selling its holdings. While Universal bought EMI, Parlophone went to Warner Music. To make a complex story short: deals were cut.
For curious minds, Rolling Stone has a statement from a Warner Music spokesperson: "We are making good progress with the voluntary divestment process that Impala/Merlin and WMG agreed as part of our acquisition of Parlophone Label Group," Warner Music said in a statement. "Numerous independent labels are involved in these negotiations and we are not commenting on individual deals at this stage."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff