The Charlatans hit big with free album

'You Cross My Path' is week's second most popular UK album

The Charlatans‘ new album has been been downloaded more than 30,000 times since the band began giving it away as a free download this earlier week.

If it were eligible, ‘You Cross My Path’ would occupy the Number Two spot on the UK chart – it clocked up 60,000 downloads in its first week – which Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess said he is extremely pleased about.

“When (Charlatans’ manager) Alan McGee and I had this idea 18 months ago, we never imagined that it could be this successful,” Burgess said in a statement.

“It’s a tribute to people’s belief in us and if we were in the shops, 20 years after The Charlatans started, we would be the number two most popular group in the country this week – going free was the best thing for us. Thanks to everyone that has downloaded the record.”

McGee added, “I feel we are totally vindicated with the philosophy that if you go free and make a great record, you can exceed your dreams. No longer does music have to work in the traditional major-label dominated way.”

‘You Cross My Path’ was made available on Xfm‘s website on Monday, as previously reported. It will also be available on The Charlatans official website on March 17 before being physically released on deluxe double CD, single CD and vinyl on May 12.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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