Radiohead sail straight to top of album chart

Leon Jackson remains on pole in singles

Radiohead have entered the UK album chart at number one this week (January 6) with ‘In Rainbows, almost three months after they made it available to download for whatever price fans fancied.

During this week, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has been shooting off broadsides at major record labels, refusing to confirm the amount his band made from the download of ‘In Rainbows’ and insisting the band would have been crazy just to deliver an online release.

The publicity has helped keep the album ahead of Take That, at Two, and Leona Lewis, at Three. In a quiet week on the album chart, Radiohead are the only new entry on the top 40.


It is similarly quiet on the single countdown. ‘X Factor’ winner Leon Jackson remains the UK’s favourite single for a third week with ‘When You Believe’.

Soulja Boy‘s ‘Crank That maintains a strong chart presence sitting at Number Two, while former ‘X Factor’ champion Lewis drops to Three with ‘Bleeding Love.

In a week when she lost custody of her children, was admitted to hospital and appeared to continue on an ever downward spiral Britney Spears will be delighted to learn that her new single ‘Piece Of Me’ enters the chart at 19. The White Stripes take a bow at 30 with ‘Conquest’.

The Top Ten of the singles chart is as follows:

1. Leon Jackson – ‘When You Believe’

2. Soulja Boy – ‘Crank That’


3. Leona Lewis – ‘Bleeding Love’

4. Timbaland – ‘Apologize’

5. Take That – ‘Rule the World’

6. Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse – ‘Valerie’

7. Girls Aloud – ‘Call the Shots’

8. Nickelback – ‘Rock Star’

9. T2 – ‘Heartbroken’

10. Alicia Keys – ‘No One’

The Top Ten albums are:

1. Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’

2. Take That – ‘Beautiful World’

3. Leona Lewis – ‘Spirit’

4. Mika – ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’

5. Michael Buble – ‘Call Me Irresponsible’

6. Amy MacDonald – ‘This is the Life’

7. Amy Winehouse – ‘Back to Black’

8. The Hoosiers – ‘The Trick to Life’

9. Cascada – ‘Perfect Day’

10. Timbaland – ‘Shock Value’