Kaiser Chiefs Offer Fans Chance to Customize Track List, Share in Profits of New Album

Jocelyn Bain Hogg
Kaiser Chiefs

In addition to choosing the artwork and which 10 songs comprise the band's fourth studio effort, "The Future is Medieval," for every album purchase resulting from a personal recommendation, the original buyer will receive £1.00 ($1.63).

U.K. band Kaiser Chiefs is taking an innovative approach to the release of its new studio album, The Future is Medieval (Fiction/B-Unique Records), by allowing fans to choose their own track listing and album artwork.

From today (June 3), visitors to the group's official website will be able to listen to extracts from 20 new songs specifically recorded for its fourth studio set and then pick their ten favorite tracks. The resulting album can then be purchased for download for the price of £7.50 ($12.24), with the buyer able to create their own bespoke artwork.

In a further twist, fans that download the album are issued with their own unique webpage from where they can promote the album to friends. For every album purchase resulting from a personal recommendation, the original buyer will receive £1.00 ($1.63).

"The band's intention is to create a music experience that can be shared and enjoyed by all and at the same time revitalize and subvert the industry standard," says a press statement from the act's publicist. A physical release of the album, with its final track listing influenced by the most popular downloads, is likely to follow later this year, says a spokesperson for the British five-piece, although a release date is yet to be set.

The Future is Medieval is the follow-up to the band's third studio set, 2008's Off With Their Heads. Kaiser Chiefs have sold over six million albums worldwide, according to its label, and won three BRIT Awards in 2006 following its Mercury Prize-nominated debut Employment. The Future is Medieval was produced by Tony Visconti, Ethan Johns, Owen Morris and the group's drummer and principle songwriter Nick Hodgson, but will not be chart eligible in the United Kingdom.

In addition to upcoming U.K. festival appearances at Glastonbury (June 26) and the dual site V Festival (Aug. 20 and 21), Kaiser Chiefs are due to headline a massive outdoor show at Kirkstall Abbey in their home city of Leeds on Sept. 10.