Radiohead frontman released album through the service
Elliot Mitchell

10:20 26th December 2014

Thom Yorke has been named the most legally downloaded artist on BitTorrent in 2014.

The Radiohead frontman released his second solo album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes in September of this year, with a free teaser from the record seeing over 116,000 downloads in the first 24 hours.

Yorke intended on breaking standard industry convention by releasing the record as a special bundle through the site, which is usually the home to illegal downloads, but offered a £3.86 paygate for the full record.

Speaking about the format in a press release, Yorke stated: "As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record. The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files."

"The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album'. It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around."

This wasn't the first time Yorke had experimented with uncommon release methods, with Radiohead famously offering a 'pay what you want' system for their 2007 album In Rainbows.

Listen to 'The Mother Iode' below:

Diplo, De La Soul and Hundred Waters also featured on the list of most downloaded artists, which is available to view in full below:

1. Thom Yorke
2. Diplo
3. Gramatik
4. De La Soul
5. Zeds Dead
6. G-Eazy
7. Ace Hood
8. Mad Decent
9. Vinyl Williams
10. Hundred Waters

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