Radiohead Denies Report That Fans Aren't Paying

Company said 62% chose not to pay in experimental album release
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2007 3:59 PM CST
Radiohead Denies Report That Fans Aren't Paying
The British alternative rock band Radiohead performs at the first of two sold out shows at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, Sunday, June 4, 2006. Radiohead released their seventh studio album, "In Rainbows," online Wednesday Oct. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Robert E. Klein)   (Associated Press)

Just how successful has Radiohead's experimental pay-if-you-want online album release been? That's in debate as the band denies a report that just 38% of fans opted to pay for In Rainbows, and most paid under $4. Radiohead said the the figures from comScore Inc. are "wholly inaccurate," reports Wired News.

The band, which released the album on a website that lets buyers choose their price, called it "impossible" for outsiders to have accurate numbers. A company analyst responded that comScore observed a "robust sample" of several hundred transactions. Meanwhile, blogger Mathew Ingram says another musician reports 90% of her fans, given the choice, pay her recommended price. (More music industry stories.)

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