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‘In Rainbows’ tops virtual charts

Radiohead’s new album ‘In Rainbows’ was not eligible for the charts to record the sales of the album, since Radiohead offered the download on their own site with the unique pricing system.

Besides the estimated 1.2 millions copies sold for about another estimated average of £2.50 to £4 ($5-$8)… we do have some interesting numbers coming from Last.fm. The website tracks the songs played on everyone’s computers (and even iPods) and Radiohead topped all of the website’s charts.

’15 Step’, opening track of ‘In Rainbows’ topped the charts of the week ending on October 14th, which means that ’15 Step’ was played 263,169 times by 67,122 unique listeners in 4 days since the release on October 10th. To put that in perspective, Kayne West’s ‘Stronger’ topped the list the (full!) week before with 57,904 plays by 22,587 unique listeners. Radiohead’s Karma Police was number three that week with 23,992 plays (now 16,119). All in all Radiohead have took over the top artists spot from The Beatles with a total of 118,836 people playing 3,308,175 Radiohead tracks in the past week.

1 new Radiohead15 Step

67,122

2 new RadioheadBodysnatchers

65,102

3 new RadioheadNude

64,181

4 new RadioheadWeird Fishes/Arpeggi

61,800

5 new RadioheadAll I Need

61,747

6 new RadioheadFaust Arp

60,611

7 new RadioheadReckoner

59,476

8 new RadioheadHouse of Cards

57,684

9 new RadioheadJigsaw Falling Into Place

56,837

10 new RadioheadVideotape

56,025

27 Comments

  • wow…

  • i add to tohse list ;)

  • i added to that list. :)

    bad typer, i am. d’oh

  • this doesn’t even account for everything though… I downloaded it, burned it onto cd, and have listened to it about 40 times. none of those would be recorded on last.fm or anything like that. there are a LOT more people listening to this.

  • I’ve actually oly listened to it on the computer twice but the real numbers would be… ** around 38 times since I first downloaded.

  • What cosplusisin said is definitely true, I’ve listened to IR about 20 times in my car, and another 75 or so on my iPod. Last.fm is the tip of the iceberg.

  • Something is way out with these numbers. 15 step was downloaded by 1.2 million people and only 67 thousand of them played it on a computer or iPod? What did the other 1.13 million people do with their download – sprinkle it on their breakfast cereal? Better do your sums again.

  • Well… Tom, not everyone has a last.fm account either… but it does still seem small.

  • I said all this 2 days ago and everyone ignored me!

  • cool, i listened to them 70 times last week, i made a difference!

    i havent listened to them this much since 03

  • ..no tom, the 1.2 million figure refers to the estimated downloads of the album at around the £2.50 – £4.00 mark through the official site, it’s not related to the 67,122 individuals who listened to the track 15 step on last.fm

  • I wonder how many active last.fm users there are?

  • shit, they are f**** rich.
    nice going thom and friends

  • Love the way the plays trail off as you go down the tracklist… with each song there were a few thousand people who didn’t feel it was worth listening to any more…

  • What, that’s kinda harsh… it’s just people are playing through the CD and decide to skip to the next album, my iTunes shows the same figures for many albums.
    I’m just surprised there is no clear popular song, I figured videotape would have a lot higher numbers…

  • @wunderhorn1: I was jsut thinking the same thing. Every song down, a few thousand people turn off ;)

  • Exactly same as the track list? Weird….

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  • Lol I burned it to a cd and listened to it like 30 times already and its just only one week after the release XD damn i love radiohead. But why 15 step so much? Reckoner is fuckn better!!!! (A)

  • Those a good news… well what can I say? It¿s Radiohead.

    huh? ‘what’s a radiohead?’

  • This is the most amazing album ever made. I cant stop listening to it. 12 Times back to back will get you from Santa Fe, NM to Ft. Collins, Co. Ive made this trip 3 times in 4 days. OMGD

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