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Radiohead releases 18 hours of OK Computer sessions to thwart hackers

Radiohead releases 18 hours of OK Computer sessions to thwart hackers

In response to the band's archive being "hacked", and in lieu of paying a $150,000 ransom demanded by the perpetrator, 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Radiohead Tuesday (June 11) released 18 hours of raw session material surrounding their 1997 album OK Computer that recently leaked online.

Greenwood's note confirms that the files were initially hacked from a minidisc archive belonging to Thom Yorke, and makes reference to a rumor that the hacker demanded a $150,000 ransom from the band to refrain from releasing the material. Proceeds go to Extinction Rebellion, "an global movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse".

In a statement, Greenwood said: "We got hacked last week - someone stole Thom's minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded 150,000 U.S. dollars on threat of releasing it".

'Just for the next 18 days. The album is "very, very long".

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We've been hacked my archived mini discs from 1995-1998 (?) it's not v interesting there's a lot of it. Radiohead said the money would go to Extinction Rebellion, an organization combating climate change. They're on sale for £18 ($22.86) for the next 18 days, but the band warned that, with the total size reaching 1.8GB, fans should be prepared to deal with a large download.

In 2017, Radiohead released a deluxe version of their groundbreaking album that included three previously unreleased songs - "I Promise", "Lift" and "Man of War" - along with a cassette tape of select demos.

"We've been hacked", a statement on the page reads. Until we all get bored and move on'.