Radiohead tops Billboard chart
U.K. rock band and recent Coran Capshaw signee Radiohead tops this week's Billboard Top 200 albums chart with its latest release, In Rainbows. The band saw 122,000 CDs move last week, in spite of the fact that the album was available for download on the Internet for nearly three months at a price of each buyer's choosing (including $0). This marks the first time in the seven years since Capshaw and Dave Matthews founded ATO Records in Charlottesville that an album released by the company has reached #1.
That's not to say Radiohead's in-store sales weren't affected by the unconventional Internet tactic. In 2003, the band sold 300,000 copies of its album Hail to the Thief in its first week of release, more than double the opening number for In Rainbows. But weep not for the band from Oxford, England. At an average sales price of $2.26, Radiohead has already earned $2.7 million from the 1.2 million times fans downloaded In Rainbows before it ever hit the shelves.
In other Radiohead news, Charlottesville fans hoping that the Coran connection might bring the band to the John Paul Jones Arena are disappointed this morning. Billboard reports that the band has revealed which cities it will play on its upcoming tour, and Charlottesville didn't make the list. Those locals who still want to catch Radiohead live will have to drive to either Charlotte or Washington.