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Thursday, 12 October, 2000, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK
US adopts Kid A
Radiohead
Radiohead: Double success in the UK and US
Radiohead's new album Kid A has gone straight to number one in the US album charts.

It is the first time in three years that a British act has taken the US top spot and is particularly surprising given the non-commercial bent of the new album.


Radiohead are not uniquely British

Roy Lott Capitol Records

The last Stateside number one from Britain was the Prodigy's The Fat of the Land in July 1997.

Robbie Williams' new album, Sing When You're Winning, by contrast, is at number 110 in the American charts.

The Oxford-based band sold 207,000 copies of the album in its first week, four times the first week sales of its previous album, Ok Computer.

The sales figure is described by some in the US music press as a "soft" number one, as the top spot changes hands for the fifth time in as many weeks.

Nevertheless, number ones in both the UK and US will be seen as vindication for the band who were accused of committing the equivalent of commercial suicide with an album that will have no singles released.

Satirical performance

"Radiohead has never wanted to be called a British band or this band or that band," Capital records' president Roy Lott said.

"They are not uniquely British."

The band will not release a video and limited the distribution of advance copies of the album in the US, contrary to orthodox sales promotion in the States.

Radiohead have booked three concerts in North America, the first of which was on Wednesday in New York.

Tickets for the New York concert sold out in 10 minutes.

Later this week the band will perform on the popular satirical show Saturday Night Live.

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