LONDON (Reuters) - Rock band Radiohead have secured their fifth number one album with the compact disc release of “In Rainbows”, a collection first sold online to fans who could name their own price.
The Oxford-based quintet’s seventh studio album hit the top spot in the first week of its physical release, the Official UK Charts Company said on Sunday.
The band won’t say how many people have downloaded the album from their Web site or how much they have paid since it was made available last October.
Reports in newspapers say six out of 10 fans paid nothing, while those who did open their wallets offered an average of only 2.90 pounds.
The online version of the album did not meet chart rules and was ineligible for the top 40.
Elsewhere on the chart, reformed boy band Take That were in second place with “Beautiful World”, while reality TV show winner Leona Lewis with “Spirit” fell from first to third.
The singles chart was little changed from last week.
“X Factor” winner Leon Jackson held on to number one with his debut single “When You Believe”.
The only new top 40 entry was the U.S. rock band the White Stripes with “Conquest” at number 30.
Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Giles Elgood