Radiohead’s new album, The King of Limbs, is now available for purchase through Radiohead’s website – a full 24 hours before schedule.
The world’s first “newspaper album,” which is how Radiohead has labeled this release, costs $48 with an MP3 download ($53 if you opt for the WAV version) but returns a lot of value for the price: two 10-inch vinyl records, a CD and a lot of artwork.
The King of Limbs is, in fact, quite a traditional release compared to Radiohead’s last album, In Rainbows, which was released as a digital download, letting customers order for whatever price they wanted.
Still, Radiohead is releasing the new album in the simplest possible manner: through its website, which is now open for pre-orders (the MP3/WAV part of the release is available immediately, as fast as you can download it).
The reason for the early release (The King of Limbs was originally scheduled to be released February 19) is simple: everything was ready and in place, so Radiohead decided there’s no need to wait an extra day.