Radiohead camp ‘praying every night’ that band will stream new album online

Thom Yorke previously called Spotify 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse'

Brian Message, a partner of Radiohead‘s management company, has described himself as “praying every night” that the band will make their new album available on streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify.

Message was the subject of an ‘In Conversation’ event at east London bar and performance space The Wanstead Tap on Thursday night (April 14). During the talk, he reportedly revealed that the band’s new album will be released in June.

The Guardian reports that Message added: “I’m looking forward to the day [the album] does come out. And I hope – I really hope – it does come out on streaming services. To say that’s been answered, believe me it hasn’t, but I’m praying every night that it does.”

A statement from the band has since distanced themselves from the quotes and previous reports that Message is the group’s manager. It reads: “Brian Message is not Radiohead’s manager – he is a partner in Courtyard Management but plays no operational role, and therefore any quotes from last night’s event, or any supposition arising from them, should not be attributed to Radiohead’s management or be seen as official quotes on behalf of the group. Radiohead are managed by Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge at Courtyard Management.”

Frontman Thom Yorke made headlines in 2013 by calling Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”.

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Yorke continued: “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.”

During the talk last night, Message added: “What I love about streaming is if you’re a kid, with your headphones in, it’s cool. On the bus or the tube, it ticks a load of boxes, you can go into your own world.”

He also confirmed a June release date for the band’s album and said it “will be like nothing like you’ve ever heard”.

The band are expected to announce their ninth album shortly, having recently announced a UK tour alongside a series of summer festival dates. The upcoming LP will be the band’s follow-up to 2011’s ‘The King of Limbs’.

Radiohead’s long-time visual collaborator Stanley Donwood said last month (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.

Earlier this week it was reported that Radiohead have shot a new music video with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, though this has yet to be confirmed by the band.

Radiohead will play the following headline dates:

Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall (May 20-21)
Paris, Le Zenith (May 23-24)
London, Roundhouse (May 26-28)
New York, Madison Square Garden (July 26-27)
Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium (August 4, 8)
Mexico City, Palacio De Los Deportes (October 3-4)