Radiohead Sign to ATO Records
Wed, 24 Oct 2007 18:08:48
After their mad social-scientist experiment of self-releasing their latest album, In Rainbows, digitally, rumors flew about which label the band would sign to for the album's physical release. And the lucky winner is... ATO Records, home to Ben Kewller (cool), David Gray (hmm...) and Dave Matthews Band (seriously?!). Until now, Radiohead have spent their entire career—from 1993's Pablo Honey up through 2003's Hail to the Thief—on Capitol Records, part of the EMI conglomerate.
ATO beat out major labels Warner Bros., Columbia and Starbuck's Hear Music imprint. The indie, country-leaning label won out in the end, most likely, because of the loose and less stringent contract between the label and the band. Radiohead will own all of their own music and will license the label the rights to distribute their songs for a set amount of time. No release date has been set for the U.S. physical release, but the Radiohead disc box will be released on December 3. You can pre-order the $81 box set at InRainbows.com.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff