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Radiohead release leaked music to the public instead of paying ransom

If there’s one thing Radiohead has never done, it’s what others tell them to do.

A hacker recently stole 18 hours worth of unreleased music recorded between 1995 and 1998 from the British alt titans. The perpetrator behind the theft then threatened to release the recordings if the band did not pay $150,000 in ransom. Rather than pay the money, though (which the five members could have easily afforded) the band saw fit to release the recordings for purchase on their Bandcamp, the benefits of which going fully to the climate change activism group Extinction Rebellion.

There was 18 hours worth of material stolen, so the band (in their endlessly poetic nature) will keep the music available for 18 days at the price of £18. Jonny Greenwood, who is the band’s lead guitarist, released a full statement on the incident across Radiohead’s social accounts. Read it below:

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Radiohead’s last full-length album was 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. Since then they have released scattered material including the twentieth-anniversary edition of OK Computer, OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017. They’ve also released a new single, “III Wind,” as well as a collaboration with Hans Zimmer called “(Ocean) Bloom,” which was a re-imagining of their King of Limbs track “Bloom” for the BBC docuseries Blue Planet II.

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