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Yorke album tops 1m downloads

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s solo album has notched over a 1.2million downloads since he launched it via filesharing service BitTorrent last week.

And while some of those are the cut-down free version of _Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes _– rather than the full version that costs £3.68 – BitTorrent bosses say they’re “very happy” with the results.

Yorke described the launch as an experiment, saying: “If it works well it could be an effective way of handing control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.”

BitTorrent said the exercise helped prove there was more to their service than piracy.

Meanwhile, the Entertainment Retailers Association reports that vinyl sales for 2014 have already exceeded those of last year. A total of 829,243 discs were purchased in 2013, but 844,122 have changed hands so far this year. It’s expected the annual total will top one million.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.