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Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Album Hit a Million Downloads in Six Days

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

So, how did Thom Yorke’s latest music-distribution venture go? Pretty well, it seems. The Radiohead-frontman’s second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, achieved over a million downloads in six days via BitTorrent Bundle, according to the peer-to-peer network’s blog. Exactly how the numbers break down is a bit nebulous, though. BitTorrent says that those million downloads also include the freebie single and video as well as the $6 album, noting to Consequence of Sound that precise sales numbers were being withheld at Yorke’s request. Still, it’s a little exciting to see that Bundles could be a viable way for musicians to earn a living — especially when streaming services are well-known for less-than-favorable pay-outs and business practices. Let’s just hope this success isn’t limited to acts with Yorke’s inherent star-power. After all, even Trent Reznor went back to a traditional record label after toying with total independence.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.