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Manics In A Panic - Daily Star, 7th December 2007

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Title: Manics In A Panic
Publication: Daily Star
Date: Friday 7th December 2007
Writer: Kim Dawson


Preachers Sounding Off.

The Manic Street Preachers have blamed Radiohead and The X Factor for the state of the music industry.

The Welsh rockers blasted Thom Yorke, 39, and co for allowing customers to download their album In Rainbows for whatever they wanted to pay.

The Manics - in the middle of a UK arena tour - believe the stunt has "demeaned" music.

Although Radiohead have not released official sales figures, the disc is rumoured to have sold in the millions for an average price of GBP 3.

Guitarist Nicky Wire, 38, said: "Fair play to Radiohead for doing something different. It's certainly great for publicity but I think it kind of demeans music.

"Music used to be a market, now it's all gone digital. It's worrying and it seems to be the way of the world at the moment.

"Sales are doing well everywhere else. Cinema is doing well, video games are doing well but music isn't. The free download phenomenon is ruining the industry." But the band admit they are keen to take control of their own musical output and might sever connections with their own record label soon.

Drummer Sean Moore, 39, added: "We made more money with live shows this year than in the last seven of releasing records.

"We have one more album with Sony, and are coming to the end of our publishing and merchandising deals. We want to do records ourselves.

Labels are scared to move forward, we're not." The lads have penned a festive tune called Ghost Of Christmas which they decided would not be chart eligible, despite being disappointed by the acts battling it out for the Christmas No 1.

Nicky added: "I can't bear The X Factor judges and the sh** they put out every year.

"It's just a load of talentless f***wits that destroy the record industry."