Ever since Radiohead became a free agent band, they’ve been able to release albums whenever they feel like it with little or no advance notice. But The NME has uncovered solid reasons why the next Radiohead record–their ninth–will be available before March 31.
Like many of the most popular acts who don’t need pre-release hype, advertising or press – in fact, reviews are the last thing they usually want before everyone’s bought the record already – Radiohead will undoubtedly be releasing their new album with little or no warning. Some commenters have suggested it’s likely to emerge before the end of March, for boring tax reasons. In October, just as they did ahead of 2007’s ‘In Rainbows’ and 2011’s ‘The King Of Limbs’, the band formed a new company called Dawn Chorus LLP in order to ring-fence the success or failure of this new release from their previous releases and other wealth. Having signposted a fiscally ‘streamlined’ project, some reason that they’ll release before the end of the company’s current tax year on March 31 so that they can spread tax payments on their earnings over two years rather than one. Rock’n’bankroll!
Makes great sense to me. More insight from The NME here.