Newswire: Thom Yorke likely made millions from torrenting his new record

Always willing to subvert the standard practices of the music industry, Thom Yorke debuted his new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, via BitTorrent back in September, the first artist to use the service for a major release. Unlike most of the music you can find on BitTorrent, however, this album was kept behind a paygate, so fans had to shell out $6 to access a bundle containing the eight-song album and a music video, which more than 400,000 people might have done within three days of the album’s release. Now, based on new figures being released by BitTorrent in its 2014 Report, the album was downloaded more than 4.4 million times, with “90 percent of the sales revenue going directly to the artist.” If each one of these individual downloads was a paid download—which might not be the case, because each purchase allowed for multiple downloads …

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