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2 Music Week 26.02.11

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TYLER, THE CREATOR Yonkers (XL) A new signing to XL, Tyler’s debut is as dark, urgent and exciting as it gets. The video attracted 400,000 views in four days last week. (single, out now)

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ADELE Someone Like You (XL) Adele’s breathtaking Brits performance gets the campaign for her second single off to a flying start, with the live version riding high on iTunes. (single, out now)

FOO FIGHTERS White Limo (RCA) Dave Grohl screams his way through this track from the forthcoming album. Lemmy (Motörhead) has a cameo role in the video. (from album, April 11)

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Parlophone has signed The Good Natured. A new EP will be released in May with an album to follow

ExLovers have signed to Young & Lost / Mercury. Their latest single Blowing Kisses has sold out ahead of release

RADIOHEAD The King Of Limbs (XL) Their second album for XL, Radiohead prove they are still one of the most innovative, musical bands around. (album, out now)

TUNE-YARDS Whokill (4AD) Currently enjoying a strong reaction online with first single Bizness, Whokill is an innovative return from Californiabased Merrill Garbus. (album, April 18)

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OH LAND Wolf And I (RCA) Blog favourite Oh Land is in the UK for a handful of live shows this month as RCA gets the ball rolling on her UK assault. (single, March 13)

BREAKAGE FEAT. JESS MILLS Fighting Fire (Digital Soundboy) B-listed at Radio 1, vocalist Jess Mills is signed to Island who will release her solo album later this year. (single, February 28)

FILMS Breezeblocks (unsigned) Folk-tinged rock entertaining interest across the board, the Leeds group drew familiar industry faces to a gig in their home town last week. (demo)

WOLF GANG Dancing With The Devil (Atlantic) Radio-friendly, guitar-driven pop which is setting up nicely for the UK group as they head out on tour with The Naked + Famous. (single, March 21)

PAPER CROWS Fingertips (FutureCut) A Future Cut-produced gem from the UK duo, Fingertips is a dark, understated song with a hypnotic charm. (from EP, March 7)

GIG OF THE WEEK

Who: Øya Festival Vs Field Day When: Friday, February 25 Where: Koko, Camden Why: Organisers from Oslo’s Øya Festival take on local players Field Day for this Club NME festival special, featuring the best up and coming Norwegian acts. Artists playing include Not Squares, Lucy Swann and Team Me

THE KING OF LIMBS PROVOKES RENEWED DEBATE ABOUT RE

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THE RELEASE OF A NEW Radiohead album online just days after news of its existence had broken has ignited a new debate about how, where and when music – in all its formats – should be put on sale.

The band already have form in shaking up retail: the release of their last studio album In Rainbows was announced on October 1 2007, with the album becoming available digitally on October 10. In many ways that was more radical as fans were invited to pay what they thought the album was worth, in what remains a unique experiment for such a big act.

Nevertheless, last week’s announcement of new album The King Of Limbs caught everyone unawares because few people knew of its existence. Before the release of In Rainbows the band had made it widely known via the internet that they had finished a new album; things were different this time around. As recently as November 2010, the band’s guitarist Ed O’Brien told Music Week that work was still continuing on the new release and reports of a finished album were premature.

The King Of Limbs was made available to pre-order at £6 through a bespoke website – thekingoflimbs.com – as a digitalonly release from last Monday, as well as a “newspaper album”.

Consumers who ordered the album received a digital download last Friday, with the newspaper album to follow on May 9. The album will go on general release on CD, vinyl and download on March 28.

The band’s co-manager Chris Hufford said (see Q&A) that the

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In this he has succeeded: outside of the band’s management and XL, which will eventually release the physical album in the UK, few people have heard the release and, a spoof review on the Vice Magazine website aside, there were no advance reviews.

Hufford explained this was important to the band. “One of the best things that happened with In Rainbows is that everyone heard it at the same time – the gatekeepers didn’t have preferential treatment,” he said. “You can only do that by keeping it very quiet and keeping a tight little ship while trying not to allow piracy, but that will happen, that is a fact of life.”

A remarkably similar logic is behind the recent high-profile decision by Sony, Universal and indies to release tracks for sale as soon as they go to radio. And just as that decision has forced a rethink among media, retail and labels, the industry has been picking over the implications of Radiohead’s decision.

Surprisingly, traditional retailers were ambivalent about the move – or claimed to be. A HMV spokesman said In Rainbows had sold well despite being effectively available as a free download. The retailer expected similar sales from The King Of Limbs.

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Radiohead’s long term publisher Warner/Chappell, which has looked after the band since the release of Pablo Honey in 1993, will continue to work with the band for new album The King of Limbs.

For Radiohead’s last release, In Rainbows, Warner created a onestop shop for all aspects of the group’s licensing and although it is understood that the publisher will not be repeating the model for The King Of Limbs, Warner declined to expand on how it would be working with the group on the album.

In a short statement Warner/Chappell Music SVP, international legal & business affairs, Jane Dyball simply said, “We’ve been working with Radiohead over the past few weeks to prepare for this fantastic new album and are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship with the band, providing a flexible range of services to help them achieve their goals.”

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GOVERNMENT POLICY impacting the music industry could become less fragmented, after an influential Government select committee recommended the sector should be served by a highpowered industrial council.

A creative council similar to those established for the car and aerospace sectors was one of two key findings contained in a Business Innovation and Skills committee report last Friday.

The select committee, chaired by Adrian Bailey, also suggested the Government opened up the muchmaligned Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme to music companies.

But it was the industrial council – possibly headed by a Secretary of State – that has excited many insiders because the industry has been pressing for a creative committee comprising high-ranking Government ministers for several months.

UK Music proposed the creation of a Creative Industries Cabinet Committee in last year’s Liberating Creativity Manifesto and Shadow Culture spokesman Ivan Lewis has called for a cross-Government group to provide leadership for the sector.

The report recommended, “The creative industries sector is a significant wealth creator in the UK. It is therefore surprising that Government engagement with the sector appears to be somewhat haphazard… we believe that a more structured approach would be beneficial.”

No ministers have been suggested for heading the council, but with Business Secretary Vince Cable chairing the Automotive Council, some insiders have suggested Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt would be the obvious choice.

UK Music chief executive Feargal Sharkey, who gave evidence to the BIS committee at the end of last year and again earlier this month, told