Kaiser Chiefs feared they would have to scrap their groundbreaking plans for the release of their new album because their fellow British rockers Radiohead had beaten them to the idea.
The I Predict a Riot hitmakers announced last week (beg30May11) fans will be able to choose their own tracklisting and artwork for their latest record The Future is Medieval.
The band hopes the innovative technique will discourage fans from downloading the album for free, and admit they want the release to "revitalise and subvert" the troubled music industry.
But the rockers were faced with the possibility that Radiohead had hit upon the same idea when they announced the online release of their eighth album, The King of Limbs, in February (11).
Drummer Nick Hodgson tells NME magazine, "Three months ago, when Radiohead did the Lotus Flower video on the Monday and announced they were putting out The King of Limbs on the Friday, we got a bit nervous. We were like, 'Have they just done what we're going to do?'
"Then there were all those rumours, that they were going to put out another disc straight afterwards. But they didn't. It's been a bit stressful like that, because we've been keeping this secret for so long. There have been times when you get a bit drunk and feel like blurting it out."
Part of the release scheme even allows buyers to earn some money by recommending their version of the album to pals - and the Kaiser Chiefs are urging celebrity fans to donate their cash to charity.
Hodgson adds, "There is a danger that a lot of that money will go to celebrities. But we've nominated a registered charity they can give it to: The Alzheimer's Society."