Radiohead album goes to No 1

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Radiohead have scored their fifth No 1 album with In Rainbows. The band made headlines in October when they released the recording online and invited fans to pay whatever price they chose for it.

Some analysts said the unorthodox approach was likely to harm sales of the CD following its physical release, but this week's chart has proved them wrong. Radiohead entered the chart one place ahead of Take That's Beautiful World, while last week's best-selling album Spirit by Leona Lewis fell to No 3.

However, it was a quiet week for album releases and Radiohead had the only new top 40 entry. In the singles chart, "When You Believe" by Jackson was at No 1 and Soulja Boy's "Crank That" climbed to No 2, while Lewis, a former X Factor winner, dropped to third with "Bleeding Love" the biggest-selling single of 2007.