In the first week of the year where we watched the Scotch_Mist webcast, speculated about chart entries and album sales and read about Radiohead management telling us why Amplive cannot release his ‘In Rainbows’ remixes…
…here are some remixes of ‘In Rainbows’ tracks ‘Go Slowly’, ‘Down Is the New Up, ‘Last Flowers’ and ‘Up On The Ladder’ at the MySpace of DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice.
Over at Borders, Thom Yorke & Ed O’Brien are sharing their recommendations on books, movies and music. And Ed’s been plugging Kings Of Leon again, Thom is excited about Europe in the 16th century and can recommend the Jonny Depp movie ‘The Libertine’ (“Jonny Depp at his best. Fantastic script, great acting, lots of sex, a good night in.”). The Top 5.
In Canada, CBC News have put their predictions for 2008 in a graphic.
OK, no reason to bring up those “false” ComScore results again, but the Unofficial Apple Blog did and but put those “bad results” in a new light: “Radiohead earned an average of $2.26 per album by asking listeners to download the album for free and pay them whatever they thought it was worth. “$2.26 per album?” you say. “They got screwed! iTunes charges $10!”
Ah yes, but apparently Radiohead would have made about $1 per album if they’d gone through traditional channels. So actually, the creators doubled their income per sale. “
LA Times has some facts however; “We didn’t want to go out and jam it down people’s throats,” said Phil Costello, who runs his own label, TBD, through ATO Records, which has released the “In Rainbows” CD, and was a vice president at Radiohead’s former label, Capitol. “I think we did a good job of exposing the fact that we were physically putting an album and CD in the marketplace that was reflective of what people were able to download since Oct. 10. The real question is: Who is going to show up and when, and how interested are they in the fact of physical purchase? That’s the million-dollar question.”
At Amoeba Records in Hollywood, general manager Karen Pearson said the store has sold more than 400 “In Rainbows” CDs in its first two days, and more than 100 copies of the vinyl edition. “Radiohead is, of course, a band with a solid base,” Pearson said. “The LP is selling actually better than anticipated.”
…And that’s without the ‘In Rainbows’ beer glass, they’re giving away at Newbury Comics in Massachusetts… and remember those silly rumours from last year? Well, you can actually get a copy of ‘In Rainbows’ at a Starbucks near you these days.
‘In Rainbows’ topped the Guardian Unlimited Music Readers Poll Results, but didn’t make it in the top 10 of Most Likely To Go Missing in a Canoe and Resurface in Panama (if you’re in the UK, you know what they’re on about)…
Colin Greenwood responds: “We’re really chuffed about this. It’s very exciting, a nice end of year Christmas present. Thank you.” Radiohead were chuffed to have won and even more chuffed not to have topped The Top Ten Most Likely To Go Missing in a Canoe and Resurface in Panama, with Greenwood saying: “We’d be rubbish in a canoe because Ed’s so much bigger than the rest of us, it’d be like the end of Titanic.”” Also 15 Step made it to number 6 in top 10 singles (quite an achievement for a track that’s not out on single).
In the USA, Conan O’Brien went back to work after the comedy writers’ strike. Conan showed us what he had been doing in the mean time… playing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’… but Edith Bunker’s version of Beastie Boys’ Sabotage is classic too.
[thx Rick, Ben, Jed, Rob, Jeremy, Razzmom]