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Thom Yorke Plays Surprise Gig At Oxford Garden Party


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Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke surprised guests at a small Oxford garden party this weekend by performing a short set of songs.

A Reddit user posted the news on Sunday afternoon (June 12th), after apparently receiving a text from his father reading: “in Oxford at [a] garden party with Suzie's neighbours, about to hear entertainment from neighbour Tom York of Radiohead!”

Later on, a video shot by another attendee at the party surfaced, showing the frontman sat with just an acoustic guitar. It’s said that Yorke performed for around 30 minutes, playing ‘Desert Island Disk’, ‘No Surprises’, ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’, ‘Reckoner’ and ‘I Might Be Wrong’.

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Radiohead Release Video For New Track 'Burn The Witch'


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Hours after teasing fans with two mysterious, animated short clips via Instagram, Radiohead have delighted their legions of followers by releasing the music video for a new single ‘Burn the Witch’, the first from their brand new forthcoming album.

The Oxford five-piece, renowned for their ground-breaking albums, have spent most of 2016 dropped small clues online about a possible new release. Two days ago, on May 1st, they had removed virtually their entire online presence, whiting out their official website and deleting the content of their Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook accounts.

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Radiohead Announce World Tour. Is A New Album On The Way?


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Radiohead have announced a world tour which will see the band visit 11 countries and play at least 22 shows. News of the tour has caused fans to speculate that the band’s ninth studio album could be on the way and their social media pages have been updated with to feature new artwork, reminiscent of the work by long-time collaborator Stanley Donwood. 

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Radiohead Drop Hint At New Album With Company Formation


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Radiohead fans searching the stars, scanning the horoscopes and reading tea leaves in the hope of discovering when the band might finally release its next album might have some heartening news. The five band members have set up a new company - something they did a few months before releasing their last two albums.

Fans on the Radiohead forum At Ease have ascertained that the band founded a company called Dawn Chorus LLP in October 2015, with the five officers named as the five members of the group (Thom Yorke, Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway).

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Benedict Cumberbatch Leads List Of Celebrity Letters To Santa


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‘Sherlock Holmes’ star Benedict Cumberbatch is among the celebrities sharing their letters to Santa this year, as part of the Letters Live series, marking national letter writing day. In his letter Cumberbatch states that Christmas has been “bastardised to represent materialism gone mad” and asks for Santa to help distract children from “from the realities of a world gone mad”.

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"This is what I'd like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness,” Cumberbatch wrote. "Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears.”

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Thom Yorke Compares YouTube And Google To "Nazis" For Stealing Art


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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has blasted YouTube and Google for having “seized control” of art like Nazi Germany did during the Second World War, in a new interview with an Italian magazine.

Yorke, who once described Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”, has been consistently outspoken on musicians’ relationships to the music industry. Speaking to La Repubblica at the weekend, he lambasted the ethical stances of YouTube and its parent company Google.

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Thom Yorke Claims That Tony Blair's Advisers Tried To "Blackmail" Him Into Photo Op


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Radiohead singer Thom Yorke has claimed that advisers for former British prime minister Tony Blair tried to force him to have his photograph taken with the politician, but that he had refused on the grounds that it was “morally unacceptable” because of Blair’s role in the Iraq war.

Yorke, 47, said that advisers to Blair “tried to blackmail” him into a photo shoot with the PM in 2003, shortly after the second war in Iraq had started and when the singer was the spokesperson for environmental campaign The Big Ask, run by Friends of the Earth.

He was presented with an “ultimatum” that unless he participated, lobbyists for Friends of the Earth would be denied access to Blair.

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Keira Knightley Admits She's A Spelling Error, But Who Else Has A Weirdly Spelt Name?


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Keira Knightley has always baffled the world with her first name's unique spelling, but as it turns out, rather than it being creative license on the part of her parents, it was a simple spelling mistake that less than impressed her father.

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Keira Knightley has done well despite the difficult start her name had

In an interview with Elle magazine, the 29-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star explained that she was supposed to be named after the Russian figure skater Kiera Ivanova but her mother got the spelling wrong when she went to register the birth. Apparently, this didn't go down too well with Mr Knightley.

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And Now For Something Completely Different - Thom Yorke Releases New Album Via BitTorrent


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Ever the groundbreaking artiste, Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke put his own spin on the Beyonce classic and released a surprise album on Friday. Unlike Queen B, he did it through file sharing, testing out a new means for musicians to generate revenue, avoiding (most of) the industry middlemen.

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The album is an experiment in cutting out the middleman.

So the music will sound familiar, especially to Radiohead fans, but Yorke chose to sell it through – for real – BitTorrent. The idea of selling and, more importantly, buying something through the torrent client sounds very very foreign, given that the main idea behind its existence is to, how do I put this, not pay for stuff.  

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Thom Yorke To Release New Album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ Using BitTorrent Client


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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has revealed his new album will be named Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and will be released using an experimental method. In a statement signed by Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, the pair outlined how they intend to release the record, using a new BitTorrent client.

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“As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record,” began the statement. "The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files.. The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album'".

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Spotify Explains Its Business Model In A Bid To Prove Its Worth To Artists


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Streaming service Spotify have decided to go transparent with their business plan in the face of mounting criticism over the way it conducts business with the artists available on the site. The company have launched Spotify Artists to hopefully reassure some doubtful musicians using the website, to explain how its business model works.

Along with the new site, Spotify are also launching a free analytics server that will allow artists to see exactly how many people have checked out their music and which songs are most popular. The new plans come in tandem with the announcement that Spotify will begin to allow artists to sell their merchandise through their Spotify accounts, with the company publishing figures on how much musicians can expect to earn as this service grows.

The new measures come following a series of harsh criticism from artists who have slammed the business ethics of the company. Earlier this year, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke described Spotify as "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse," his attack coming some time after he removed his solo and Atoms for Peace material from the server.

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David Cameron Gives Romantic Mixtape To G8 Leaders, Who's On It?


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Prime Minister David Cameron has promoted young British musicians by giving all the G8 leaders a 10-track USB stick containing songs from Alt-J, Conor Maynard, Laura Mvula and Gabrielle Aplin with a very prominent theme of love.

Perhaps the Tory party leader is attempting to up his "cool" factor or seem down with the kids - the voters of tomorrow - having also recently been seen at Oxfordshire's Cornbury Festival and regularly sharing his music taste with reporters. The ten songs weren't selected by the busy PM however, rather the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) assembled the tracklist presented to each of the G8 leaders on a USB stick.

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Cameron Taking Some Time Out Of Parliament To Soak Up The Sun At Oxfordshire's Cornbury Music Festival.

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Video - Atoms For Peace Release Roundhouse Shows Live Downloads Trailer


Here's a trailer for Atoms For Peace's upcoming Roundhouse shows featuring footage from their Club Amok show in June.

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A Week In Music, Manic Street Preachers Get Nostalgic, DJ Muggs Returns Solo And Thom Yorke Throws A Spotify Strop


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A week in music videos... Manic Street Preachers teamed up with Richard Hawley for the nostalgic title track from their upcoming new album 'Rewind The Film'. It has that classic Preachers mix of anthemic melodies and melancholic undertones that have kept them high in the UK album charts since their debut in 1992. Looking at their latest track, this new offering is going to be just as impossible to categorise musically as usual - but we like it that way! Watch the video for 'Rewind The Film' here.

If a perfect summer 2013 song exists, it's Dan Croll's 'In/Out'. It doesn't feature on his debut EP 'From Nowhere' which we're hoping means there's going to be some talk of a debut album soon. We defy you not to move to this calypso inspired dance track, the video for which features karaoke style lyrics - if you don't find this infectiously upbeat tune catchy enough. Watch the video for In/Out here.

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Thom Yorke Pleads "Don't Make Us The Target" After Spotify Backlash


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Thom Yorke appears to have responded to producer Stephen Street's criticism over his yanking of tracks from Spotify, claiming he gave away Radiohead's album In Rainbows as a "statement of trust."

Earlier this week, Yorke and Nigel Godrich delivered a scathing critique of the streaming service's business model before making both his solo and Atoms for Peace tracks unavailable.

"The reason is that new artists get paid f*ck all with this model.. It's an equation that just doesn't work," said Godrich in one of several messages re-tweeted by Yorke. 

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Hold Up, Is Thom Yorke Right To Be So High And Mighty?


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Thom Yorke’s statement will have hit Spotify’s PR team like a knife to the chest. The well-respected musician pulled his music off the streaming service, condemning its practice, specifically the payment to artists, which Yorke says works for the shareholders but not for the musical talent.

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Nigel Godrich, Radiohead producer and member of Atoms For Peace, sent out a series of Tweets attacking Spotify. He wrote: “We’re off of Spotify. It’s bad for new music. The reason is that new artists get paid f**k all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.” Yorke added: “Make no mistake, new artists you discover on Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples.” The singer said he was “standing up for our fellow musicians.”

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Stephen Street Accuses Thom Yorke Of Hypocrisy Over Spotify Blackout


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The British music producer Stephen Street, best known for his work with The Smiths in the 1980s and Blur in the 1990s, has weighed into the debate over Spotify's royalties model in the wake of Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulling his music from the streaming service. Currently, the web company - which offers 20 million songs - pays artists as little as 0.4p per stream. To put it into context, a song with one million plays would earn the artist £3,800.

It prompted Yorke and long-time producer Nigel Godrich to publically criticize Spotify on Twitter this week, with the Radiohead frontman pulling his solo work as well as his Atoms for Peace tracks from the service. 

Godrich wrote: "We're off of Spotify. It's bad for new music. The reason is that new artists get paid f**k all with this model. It's an equation that just doesn't work."

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Flea Gives Thom Yorke Surfing Lessons


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Thom Yorke has revealed that he’s being given surf lessons by one of his Atoms For Peace band members. I bet you can guess which one – no, it’s not Nigel Godrich.

In an interview with The Observer, the Radiohead front man, whose Atoms For Peace project released debut LP AMOK today (February 25, 2013), revealed that he’d been taking surfing lessons from bassist Flea – who also plays in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "I used always to try to force things, in the studio,” Yorke said, comparing his music with his new found interest in surfing. “But it's like, you can sit out there on a board for ages waiting for the right wave to come along. You can't get angry about it. You know it will happen eventually and you start to understand the waiting itself might be part of it. Part of the fun."

Atoms For Peace streamed their album AMOK last week on their official site amid rumors that it had been leaked already, while Yorke and Godrich have since played in London (February 22, 2013) in order to launch the record officially. In the same interview, Yorke revealed that the idea to get an album together under the Atoms For Peace moniker came about in the wake of several US shows in support of his 2006 solo album The Eraser.  "I had these very small ideas," Yorke said, "just beats mostly. And we just played off them for about three days solid."

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Thom Yorke Issues Warning To David Cameron On Using Radiohead


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Thom Yorke has said that he would "sue the living shit" out of David Cameron if he used any Radiohead songs for the Conservative election campaign. "I can't say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron," he added in an interview with Drowned in Sound.

"But I also equally think, who cares? As long as he doesn't use it for his election campaigns, I don't care. I'd sue the living shit out of him if he did. I can't believe he'd like [Radiohead album] King of Limbs much," he added. The 44-year-old frontman did however say that he disagreed with musicians like Keane, Morrissey and Paul Weller for openly castigating politicians for enjoying their music. 

Amok by Atoms for Peace, released on 25 February, is the first album Yorke has made with a full band other than Radiohead. The musician, however, sounds mildly dissatisfied with Atom, calling it "not dancey enough" adding:  "It's not like The Eraser [his 2006 solo album]. But it's not a band album either. It doesn't sound like a band playing ... We wanted to go into the song realm, because it felt good to do that. If it were up to me, every track would be 10 minutes long."

Thom Yorke Would 'Sue' David Cameron If He Used Radiohead Music


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Thom Yorke has promised to “sue the living s*it” out of David Cameron, should the UK Prime Minister use any of his band Radiohead’s music in his next election campaign.

The quote, reported by various sources including the NME, relates to an interview Yorke gave to print publication Dazed & Confused in which he was promoting his new project Atoms For Peace, which features Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, producer Nigel Godrich and percussionist Mauro Refosco. However, as conversation tends to with Yorke, things drifted off towards Radiohead and political matters. "Politics is not a fun thing to write about” Yorke said. “I can’t say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron. I can’t believe he'd like [Radiohead’s last album] King of Limbs much. But I also equally think, who cares?" Continuing, he commented "As long as he doesn’t use it for his election campaigns, I don’t care. I’d sue the living sh*t out of him if he did."

On Tuesday (January 15), Spin reported that Nigel Godrich was teasing those eager to hear new Atoms For Peace material, by putting up tracks on the group’s Soundcloud page, only to take them down again. They have, however, got one new track available, ‘Judge Jury and Executioner’, which was made available last week, while debut album Amok is out February 25. There are also talks of live dates at some point this year.

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Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke - Atoms For Peace, featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tuesday 3rd August 2010 at Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, Japan

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Thom Yorke - Thom Yorke of Radiohead Jersey City, New Jersey - All Points West Festival at Liberty State Park - Day 1 Friday 8th August 2008

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Thom Yorke Tuesday 24th June 2008 Radiohead performs live in concert at Victoria Park London, England

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Thom Yorke Friday 6th June 2008 Radiohead perform live on the first night of their European tour at Malahide Castle Dublin, Ireland

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Radiohead and Thom Yorke Monday 1st May 2006 Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke from Radiohead play live at Koko as part of The Big Ask Live benefit concert London, England

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Thom Yorke and Radiohead Saturday 19th August 2006 at V Festival Day One London, England

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