Radiohead releases hacked music, will donate proceeds to environmental group
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Radiohead says they're releasing stolen music "that was never intended for public consumption" to raise money for climate change activists.

Guitarist Jonny Greenwood wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the band was "hacked last week," saying some of their work was stolen from lead singer Thom Yorke's computer. The hacker, Greenwood said, demanded $150,000 in exchange for keeping the songs under wraps.

Rather than pay the ransom, according to Greenwood, the English group chose to sell the previously unreleased music, with money raised benefitting the environmental activism group Extinction Rebellion. 


Extinction Rebellion said in a statement, "We thank Radiohead for supporting us so that we can continue to build our already far reaching and powerful movement of non violent civil disobedience."

Yorke is a longtime environmental advocate — in 2008, Radiohead announced they were launching an "eco-friendly" concert tour with buses running on biofuel, among other measures.

Yorke said in a 2015 interview that he first became aware of climate change after hearing a debate on the BBC "between a misinformed scientist and a climate change skeptic, in other words a paid professional liar."

"That was probably in the late '90s," the 50-year-old performer said. "It got me so angry and that's when I started getting sucked into it."