Radiohead released 18 hours of new music after being hacked. Hackers stole unreleased Radiohead music and asked for $150,000 ransom.
A minidisk archive containing unreleased Radiohead music went stolen from frontman Thom Yorke. Hackers tried to coerce the band for $150,000. They threatened to release the music if they did not pay the money. Radiohead, however, released the 18 hours of music and made it available on Bandcamp ranging from £18 to $23.
Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist, and composer for Radiohead revealed that the band got hacked. He made this announcement on Facebook and Twitter.
He wrote “We got hacked last week -someone stole Thom’s minidisk [sic] archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it.” Based on this sole statement, no one knows what exactly happened.
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) June 11, 2019
Jonny Greenwood’s statement:
“Instead of complaining – much – or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion. Just for the next 18 days. So for £18, you can find out if we should have paid that ransom. Never intended for public consumption (though some clips did reach the cassette in the OK Computer reissue) it’s only tangentially interesting. And very, very long. Not a phone download.”
Furthermore, Radiohead authorized the use of their song Idioteque for a new Extinction Rebellion promotional video. “The climate and ecological emergency demands courage, truth-telling and generosity like never before,” the group said. “We are so grateful to Radiohead for showing us how that’s done, both now and in the lead-up to the April rebellion. Words are inadequate but actions do change the world.”
Moreover, the hack was first discussed on a Radiohead page on website Reddit a week ago. “We originally considered pooling our money together, as our enthusiasm over the rare opportunity to share material of such high historical interest for a band we love peaked, but were concerned about the ethics of the situation,” a user wrote. “According to [the leaker], they got the whole 18 hours of material by trading some other rare/unreleased material for it.”