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Radiohead Announce North America Rainbows Release
Plus: Behind the scenes at Friday's webcast

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Radiohead announced this morning that ATO Records Group will handle the North American physical release of their latest album, In Rainbows. (Yes, this means Radiohead are officially on Dave Matthews' record label now.) It's due out January 2 1 here, two one days after the UK release on XL. So now you can go out and re-buy what you already "paid" for.

And yes, that's a Wednesday; the previously rumored January 1 release date didn't make too much sense since most stores are closed on New Year's Day. UPDATE: APPARENTLY IT ACTUALLY IS COMING OUT JANUARY 1. The album is coming out on the band's own TBD Records via ATO and no, that's not a typo-- it's actually called TBD Records. According to Billboard.com, a "label spokeperson says, 'we ran into trouble in trying to clear all previously discussed potential label names.'"

The press release announcing all this added, "TBD/ATO are currently focusing on both 'Bodysnatchers' and 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place' as the North American radio singles." Right, because Radiohead really need North American radio to help increase their fan base.

In case you missed it, Scott Plagenhoef's play-by-play of Friday evening's Radiohead.tv webcast is over here. But if you'd like a real insider's view into the shenanigans that went down, check out TV/radio writer/producer/performer Adam Buxton's website. (Thanks to Ateaseweb.) Key insights: David Byrne stopped by to interview Thom Yorke for Wired magazine, the bicycle helmets in the "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" performance were actually cameras, and the whole experience was "funtense."

Pictured above: A photo from Buxton's site of producer Nigel Godrich, Jonny Greenwood, director Garth Jennings, an unidentified person/monster, and Yorke.

Ateaseweb also reports that In Rainbows will be released in Japan by Hostess Entertainment on December 26.

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