Radiohead Deny Reports That 60 Percent Of Fans Paid Nothing For In Rainbows

Band sets December 31 for physical release of latest album overseas.

The physical version of Radiohead’s In Rainbows won’t be ready for your holiday stocking, but it will be released this year.

Radiohead announced Thursday (November 8) that the vinyl and CD version of their much-vaunted new album will be released internationally December 31. No information was given on whether the physical release will differ from the 10-track download released last month.

The first single from the album is “Jigsaw Falling Into Place,” which will be released January 14. Though XL Recordings has been tapped to handle the album outside the U.S., it has not yet been revealed what label will distribute the disc Stateside. The band has reportedly been in talks to release the album in conjunction with ATO, which was co-founded by Dave Matthews, and Side One Recordings. A U.S. spokesperson said there is no information yet on when the album will hit stores in the States or on what label.

In addition to confirming the physical release, the band’s statement also dismissed the results of a recent report issued by comScore , a company that measures online consumer activity. The comScore report suggested that 60 percent of fans who downloaded In Rainbows — which the band offered as a “name-your-own-price” product beginning October 10 — paid nothing for the tracks.

In the statement, Radiohead said the comScore data was “wholly inaccurate” and that it “in no way reflected definitive market intelligence or, indeed, the true success of the project.” To date, neither Radiohead nor their U.S. publicist, Steve Martin, have agreed to discuss any of the financial aspects of the download scheme, including how many copies were sold or how much fans paid on average.

Denying that the average non-freeloader fan paid only $6 for the download, as suggested by comScore’s report, the group’s representatives also stressed in the statement that “as the album could only be downloaded from the band’s Web site, it is impossible for outside organizations to have accurate figures on sales.”

ComScore senior analyst Andrew Lipsman strongly defended his company’s results when asked about the band’s claims. “We’re confident in our data,” he said. “There’s a minimal margin of error based on the size of the sample we used and the narrow range of values.”

A British spokesperson for Radiohead also told BBC News that the band’s figures on download sales are “not for public consumption” as “people were still downloading [the album].”

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