Yorke previously called Spotify 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse'
Yorke made headlines in 2013 by calling Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”. He has also compared YouTube to Nazi Germany.
However, on Tuesday (May 3), the band premiered their new track with a video posted to Youtube, with the song later becoming available on streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. It is also available to download via iTunes.
Spotify tweeted a humorous response to the move. See that tweet below.
Speaking last month (April), Brian Message, a partner of Radiohead’s management company, said he was “praying every night” that band would stream their new album online.
In 2013, Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich removed their music from Spotify.
Yorke previously said of Spotify: “I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what’s happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. But it’s all about how we change the way we listen to music, it’s all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad. I don’t subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that’s ‘well this is all we’ve got left. we’ll just have to do this.’ I just don’t agree.”
He also said of Youtube: “I don’t have the solution to these problems. I only know that they’re making money with the work of loads of artists who don’t get any benefit from it. People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It’s not true. The creators of services make money – Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea – they take everything there is. ‘Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it’s ours. No, no, we’re joking – it’s still yours.’ They’ve seized control of it – it’s like what the Nazis did during the second world war. Actually, it’s like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English – stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?”
Radiohead released their new single ‘Burn The Witch’ on Tuesday (May 3). The song was accompanied by a stop-motion video, directed by Chris Hopewell and featuring a cast of Trumpton / Camberwick Green-style puppets. Watch the video below.
Radiohead have also posted two new pictures to Facebook, which could be artwork for their new album or single release.
The band’s rumoured new album will be their first since 2011’s ‘The King of Limbs’.
During a talk in April, Brian Message, a partner of Radiohead’s management company, reportedly revealed that the band’s new album will be released in June.
Radiohead’s long-time visual collaborator Stanley Donwood said earlier this year (March) that he has heard the band’s new album, describing the LP as “a work of art”, though he also said at the time that the record is not yet finished.