Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Radiohead release 18 hours of hacked music after $150000 ransom threat

Radiohead release 18 hours of hacked music after $150000 ransom threat

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood now says that the hacker who leaked the recordings is demanding $150,000 ransom, so "instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it", the band made a decision to release all 18 hours of the leaked music themselves on Bandcamp.

The archive will only be available for download for the next 18 days, for $23 (£18), and proceeds will go to ecological activist group Extinction Rebellion.

As a tweet from Radiohead's lead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood explains on Twitter, the hackers stole OK Computer sessions tracks that were never meant to reach the public and asked for a $150,000 ransom to not release the mini disc archive. "Instead of complaining - much - or ignoring it", Greenwood continued, the band members chose to upload the tracks to Bandcamp, where they will be accessible for the next 18 days.

The MiniDisc recordings, titled "MD111" through "MD128", were, according to Greenwood, "Never intended for public consumption... only tangentially interesting".

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Fans can buy the music for £18 (about $30 Cdn) for the next 18 days.

"So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom". Radiohead wrote on Bandcamp, "it's not [very] interesting there's a lot of it.as it's out there it may as well be out there until we all get bored and move on".

You might've caught wind of last week's huge leak of rough demos, unreleased music, and more from Radiohead's OK Computer sessions. The band uploaded almost 18 hours of recordings from the OK Computer sessions, now titled MINIDISCS [HACKED], onto their Bandcamp page, asking £18 (~$22). "Not a phone download", he warned fans, adding: "Rainy out, isn't it though?"

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