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Radiohead Reveal 'In Rainbows' Sales

Name-your-price model moves 2 million copies

Radiohead performs in Reading, England.
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November 13, 2008

More than a year after Radiohead released In Rainbows with a name-your-price model, they have finally released sales figures. The album – which later became available at retail stores – sold 2 million copies, a figure that includes digital downloads as well as physical-CD sales. They also sold 100,000 copies of the $81 deluxe edition. Radiohead claim to have made more money on the digital release of In Rainbows than they made for their total take on 2003's Hail to the Thief, which has sold 1 million copies in the U.S.

This story is from the November 13th, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone.


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