Will Thom Yorke’s Surprise Album Top This Week’s Billboard 200?

September 29, 2014 2:07 PM

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Will Thom Yorke’s Surprise Album Top This Week’s Billboard 200?

You probably already know this, but on Friday, Thom Yorke dropped a new surprise album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and effectively broke the internet. As an experiment, Yorke sold the album via BitTorrent, charging buyers six bucks a pop for the digital files. A lot of people bought it, and we know this because the BitTorrent widget keeps a running tally. As I’m writing this, more than 408,000 people worldwide have downloaded the album, and that should be enough to comfortably land Yorke at #1 on the Billboard 200. But will it end up there?

Before the out-of-nowhere Yorke album, three albums were in a close race for that spot. Billboard reports that Barbra Streisand’s Partners, Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival, and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s duets album Cheek To Cheek were all on pace to sell somewhere between 120,000 and 125,000 albu...

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