In what had to be the worst-kept secret in recent record-contract history, Radiohead and ATO Records have come to terms and revealed that the band will physically release In Rainbows in the U.S. on January 2nd. The news comes on the heels of Radiohead’s deal for international distribution with XL Recordings, which was signed last week and will have Rainbows drop worldwide December 31st. The album will be released by Radiohead’s own imprint TBD Records, which means, as the band explains, they “ran into trouble in trying to clear all previously discussed potential label names,” thus TBD stands for “To Be Decided.” Hmm, something finally makes sense. The deal also makes sense considering ATO Records has been pushing “Bodysnatchers” and “Jigsaw Falling Into Place,” the first Rainbows single, on radio stations for several weeks. The band still plans to promote the album next spring with world tour dates, so until then, you’ll just have to bide your time with live versions of Bjork’s “Unravel” and New Order’s “Ceremony.”
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