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Label-less Radiohead Pressing On With New Album

Radiohead will enter a “proper studio” in an unnamed city today (Aug. 19) to continue work on its seventh studio album, according to a post from frontman Thom Yorke at the “Dead Air Space” section of the group’s official Web site. No release date has yet been penciled in for the set. Radiohead has been recording on and off at its own studio since early 2004, but it is unknown how much time has been devoted specifically to the as-yet-untitled new project. “We don’t take time off very well,” guitarist Jonny Greenwood previously said. “We’re enjoying it still, so why just go home and do nothing?” A representative from the band’s Oxford, England-based management firm Courtyard Management said that for the current sessions, Radiohead is “putting some ideas together” to “see where they want to go with the next step musically.” The band is also moving forward without label representation, having fulfilled its recording contract with EMI with the 2003 release of “Hail to the Thief.” That album debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 932,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Radiohead’s management dismissed speculation over recent months that Warner Music was poised to secure the band’s signature. “The band [is] not looking for a record company in any way, shape or form,” the representative says. “They are out of a contract, but they’re not actively looking for another one. They’re getting on with doing what they do.” An EMI spokesperson declined to comment on the subject. Yorke expanded on the topic on, revealing the band has “no record contract as such. Any offers? What we would like is the old EMI back again, the nice genteel arms manufacturers who treated music a nice side project [and] weren’t [too] bothered about the shareholders.” This post has since been removed from the site. Readers are also treated to Yorke’s typically sureal musings on staying at a hotel: “nothin in the microwave … I sleep with the screen on … no one changes the bed … and the wardrobes are empty.”