Radiohead once again are thinking outside the box. While “Nude” is proving to be their most successful single since the MTV Buzzcut-era’s “Creep,” quesions are being raised concerning its #37 chart position based on downloads alone.
The problem comes from the band’s recent announcement to let fans remix the track and making the vocals, bass, guitar, strings/fx and drums available as separate downloads on iTunes. This boils down to the track being a total of 6 times more available than others and inflating its download numbers to more than 60,000 (19,000 from the track itself and about 9,000 for each stem).
According to Silvio Pietroluongo, Hot 100 director, “Billboard abided by its long-standing remix policy in regards to “Nude.” For the purpose of our airplay, Hot 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts, Billboard merges remixes with the original version as long as the music and/or lyrics of the remix remain true to the original.”http://www.gigwise.com/news.asp?contentid=42323