Radiohead's Management Says Widely Quoted 'Manager' Isn't

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Radiohead photographed on May 13, 2008.

Radiohead has a new studio album in the works, that much is known. Just when and how the iconic band decides to deliver the new music to fans -- via physical media, bundled downloads, streaming or all of the above -- remains to be seen. Whether intended or not, a partner at Radiohead's management company opened that can of worms on Thursday night by offering his unsolicited opinion on the matter.

Speaking at an industry event at the Wanstead Tap cafe in London, Brian Message got off message a bit when discussing the highly anticipated release — which he predicted would arrive in June. "I'm looking forward to the day it does come out," he said. "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."

According to reports, Message explained that frontman Thom Yorke's reticence regarding streaming is more about the relatively small number of consumers who are paying for it. "There should be 200 million-plus paying subscribers, but there aren't," he said. “So when you're stuck in the trenches and there are still under 100 million subscribers, it's hard [to see its benefits]."

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Feel free to take Message’s comments with a grain of salt, however. While initial accounts pegged Message as the band’s “manager,” team Radiohead has issued a clarification that he is merely a partner at Courtyard Management, and “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's longtime managers from Courtyard Management are Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge.