Radiohead set for first UK Number One of 2008
Radiohead are set to claim the first Number One album of 2008 on Sunday (January 6).
Following the physical release of the band’s album ’In Rainbows’ on Monday (December 31), the Oxford-based band are on course to sell around 50,000 CDs this week, which should earn them the top spot in the UK album chart in what is traditionally a quiet week for record sales.
The album was famously released for a limited time as a download in October, and fans were allowed to name their own price. However, this meant the online release was not eligible for the British charts, and the band have refused to release information on its sales to third parties.
"No doubt many people appreciated the opportunity to download the album for free, but this demand also underlines the enduring appeal of the CD,” HMV's chart expert Gennaro Castaldo. “As true fans we love to buy and collect albums by our favourite artists in their physical form while also having the opportunity to create our favourite playlists via downloads. The simple truth is we want to have the best of both worlds - to be able to mix and match between physical and digital music, and as retailers we're doing more and more to cater to this growing trend."
It’s a thought shared by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who said the band would be “stark raving mad” not to release the album on CD.
Meanwhile ’X Factor’ winner Leon Jackson is expected to hang on to Number One in the UK singles chart next week with 'When You Believe'.
Thom Yorke: 'I downloaded Radiohead album for free – for my mum'
Radiohead have revealed that 15 fans paid the maximum amount for ’In Rainbows’ when the band allowed fans to name their own price for the download of the album last year.
The record was released online in October, and those wanting the record could set their own price anywhere between getting it for free or paying the upper limit the band set.
“£99.99, that was the limit we had set beforehand and until now 15 (have paid that for the album),” Thom Yorke told The Independent. “And I swear the band members are not among that 15.”
In fact Yorke has already admitted he downloaded the album for free, though today (January 3) he said he usually pays for his downloads.
“I always pay, well I got our own album from our webpage free of charge,” he explained, though claimed he did it with the best intentions.
“I wanted to play my mum the new songs and downloaded them on to her computer,” he said. “A journalist found out and he announced immediately that I wouldn’t pay for music from the internet. But why should I pay for my own possessions and in practice, just shovel my money from one pocket to the other? That’s ridiculous.”
He said that he was not bothered by the fans who downloaded the album for free but explained: “If you think our songs are no good after listening to them, that’s a pity indeed.”