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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 November 2007, 13:02 GMT
Radiohead album heads into shops
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke
Radiohead's Thom Yorke released his solo album through XL
Rock group Radiohead have signed a deal to give their digital album In Rainbows a "physical" release.

The agreement with UK label XL means the album - previously only available via digital download - will shortly be available in shops and other outlets.

The band made music history last month by allowing fans to pay what they liked to download their seventh studio album.

The deal with XL covers all territories outside North America. A release date for the CD has yet to be announced.

London-based XL, part of the Beggars Banquet group, previously released Radiohead singer Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser.


Radiohead's novel way of releasing In Rainbows set a precedent, though it is unclear how successful the experiment has been financially.

No official figures have been released, though their manager has said reports of 1.2 million sales were "exaggerated".

Fans were invited to put their own price on the 10 MP3 files that made up the album, from nothing to 100.

Radiohead - whose previous albums include Kid A, The Bends and OK Computer - are just one of the acts exploring new ways to reach consumers.

Earlier this week Sir Cliff Richard announced he would cut the price of his latest album if enough fans ordered it ahead of its download release.

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