10 January 2008

I'm Fractured

I'm impressed. Even after releasing their newest album "In Rainbows" as a 'Pay What You Like' format via their website, Radiohead has still hit Billboards number 1 spot, selling just over 122,000 copies of "In Rainbows" since it's release to stores and iTunes last week.

These sales come after selling hundreds of thousands of copies of the record online with no other forms of distribution. Very impressive. But, it is a phenomenal record and I will be buying it in stores as well.

Many critics have expressed disappointment in the numbers, since their previous record, "Hail To The Thief" sold over 300,000 copies in it's first week. I think Radiohead made a great decision in doing what they did, and in the process left a struggling industry scrambling to find out how they can keep up. They are true pioneers of musical and industry progress.

There's a great story about all of this on New York Times.


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