Thom Yorke Releases New Song, Tops BitTorrent’s List of Most Legally Downloaded Artists of 2014

Image Courtesy of Steve KerosRadiohead frontman Thom Yorke is celebrating Boxing Day with a new song. Entitled "Youwouldn'tlikemewhenI'mangry," the track accompanies the release of Yorke's second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, on his Bandcamp page.

Yorke surprised the music world in September when he released his Tomorrow's Modern Boxes as a BitTorrent Bundle via the file-sharing platform BitTorrent. The album was the first bundle to have a pay gate, coming with a price-tag of $6. Yorke's strategy appears to have been a smart one, as Tomorrow's Modern Boxes was the most downloaded bundle of 2014, according to BitTorrent's year-end report.

While unauthorized file-sharing by users of sites like BitTorrent is common, BitTorrent Bundles are released with the expressed permission of the content owner, meaning that downloading one is legal. That means that Yorke was the most legally downloaded artist on BitTorrent in 2014.

When Yorke first released Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, he called it an "experiment."

"If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to people who are creating the work," he wrote.

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes arrived eight years after Yorke's solo debut, The Eraser. The Eraser peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.

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