Report: XL Handling Radiohead CD Outside U.S.
XL Recordings will distribute the physical edition of Radiohead's new album, "In Rainbows," outside the United States, according to the New York Times. The company last year released Radiohead frontmaXL Recordings will distribute the physical edition of Radiohead's new album, "In Rainbows," outside the United States, according to the New York Times. The company last year released Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo album, "The Eraser."
Label representatives, as well as Radiohead manager Bryce Edge, declined comment when contacted by Billboard.
As first reported here earlier this month, the band is poised to market "In Rainbows" on CD in the U.S. through Side One Recordings, a label recently launched by Red Light Management in conjunction with ATO Records (Red Light owner/founder Coran Capshaw is also a co-founder/co-owner of ATO).
A release date for the physical CD is unknown; some sources suggest it will coincide with the Dec. 3 arrival of the "discbox" edition of "In Rainbows" available only from Radiohead.com, while others say it may not appear until next year.
"In Rainbows" was made available for download from Radiohead.com on Oct. 10, with fans able to name their own price. No sales figures have been released, but Edge told Billboard last week that reports of 1.2 million were "exaggerated."
Radiohead will tour in support of "In Rainbows" next year, likely beginning in May. And while the band has yet to come to terms with iTunes to make its material available for sale via that platform, Apple execs are optimistic about a deal at some point.
"We were really excited about getting them into the digital marketplace," iTunes VP Eddy Cue tells Billboard. "We figured, if they did that, hopefully over time they'd come to iTunes."