The alternative rock band Radiohead released an 18-hour trove of private recordings from their 1997 album “OK Computer” after being hacked by crooks that demanded a ransom of $150,000 for the music.
Radiohead uploaded 1.8-gigabyte of recording, live performances, and some unpublished songs on their website (radiohead.bandcamp.com).
The hackers’ dream of making money stealing the music vanished, now anyone can access them for free.
The group is also offering for sale downloads of an album of the 18 hacked MiniDiscs for £18 and donating the proceeds to the Extinction Rebellion environmental campaign group. That’s amazing guys!
“We’ve been hacked,” explained
“It’s not v interesting,” he added. “As it’s out there it may as well be out there, until we all get bored and move on.”
Below the tweet published by the
“Someone stole Thom’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it,” Greenwood wrote.
“So instead of complaining — much — or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion,”.
Immediately after the hack, the Reddit user ‘ u/santicol’ revealed that someone claiming to have the stolen music attempted to offer it to a “well known leaker” and offered them previews of the tracks.
“The user described how someone claiming to have the archive came in contact with a “well-known
“They were asking upwards of $150,000 for the entire set, at $800 per studio track and $50 per live track,” added the Reddit user.
“The leaker seems to be well known in some spaces and has a history of trading in very rare/high profile material,”.