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Radiohead's Thom Yorke releases new album on file sharing site

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Credit: PA Wire

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a surprise new album online.

This afternoon Yorke tweeted that the eight-track album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, his first solo album since 2006, had been released on the BitTorrent distribution network.

BitTorrent has previously been used for sharing illegally downloaded music - frustrating some musicians and record labels.

Thom Yorke quits Spotify in royalties protest

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has pulled his solo songs and those of his new band off Spotify, complaining that new artists on the site do not get paid.

The musician and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich took to Twitter to criticise the music streaming service:

Yorke retweeted a number of posts from Godrich, a member of Yorke's new group Atoms for Peace, who said Spotify was "bad for new music".

On its website, Spotify says it "pays royalties in relation to an artist's popularity on the service".

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