While 2008 was all about how Radiohead shook the music industry, embracing internet downloads, the band closed the year on top of the vinyl charts.
Radiohead’s seventh album ‘In Rainbows’ was officially released in the USA on January 1st, 2008. Today, exactly a year later, Nielsen Soundscan released the sales reports over the past year. Radiohead played no role of importance in the CD or even digital charts. But, the band sold 25,800 vinyl copies of ‘In Rainbows‘, which makes it the top selling vinyl recording in the US. Runner-up is the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ (16,500), followed by ‘Chinese Democracy’ (13,600) by Guns ‘N Roses. And we find Radiohead’s 1997 album ‘OK Computer‘ at number 10 with 9,300 copies sold, which made Radiohead the best selling artist on vinyl in 2008 with 61,200 copies sold, taking a big lead over The Beatles (39,500) and Metallica (20,400).
2008 marked a record breaking year for vinyl sales with a total of 1.88 million copies sold, a growth of 89% compared to 2007. More than 2 out of every 3 vinyl albums were purchased at an independent music store during the year
Radiohead news on this day..
- Thom Yorke on Tibet documentary soundtrack – 2010
- North American independents on Radiohead – 2008
- Watch Radiohead’s Scotch_Mist webcast online – 2008
- Get ready for Scotch_Mist – 2008
- Moby plays Creep on Conan – 2004
- Happy New Year – 2004
- Happy New Year! – 2002