With no promotion or touring to introduce a new album, Radiohead made changes to their website, spurring talk about a possible new release. That came to fruition on Sunday, May 8 when the band released their ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool. The new album has been dubbed their most cohesive work since 2003's Hail to the Thief and that comparison paid off. While the album didn't debut at No. 1 with Drake's Views From the 6 holding on to the top slot, A Moon Shaped Pool debuted in the top five on the Billboard Top 200 Albums at No. 3 on the May 17 chart refresh.
Pool opens with 181,000 equivalent units in the United States. Of that sum, 173,000 were in actual album sales. The set was released as a download via the official website and digital services Google Play Music, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, Bleep.com and Tidal. Since Dec. 2014, the Top 200 Albums chart includes streaming and track downloads from the album. For every ten downloads rather single or album track, that counts as one equivalent unit. A Moon Shaped Pool is the highest debuting album for the tracking week ending May 12 with only five days of sales (tracking begins on Friday after a global release date shift in July 2015).
A Moon Shaped Pool is the first album from the band since 2011's The King of Limbs. That set also debuted at No. 3 with 69,000 copies when just traditional album sales comprised the Top 200. The debut week for Pool is Radiohead's largest sales week since that cohesive Hail to the Thief. However, that album sold 300,000 in its first week and also debuted and peaked at No. 3. That was during a time when album sales were still strong before the digital wave took off.
Supporting the new album, Radiohead released two singles leading up to the release when the website went blank. "Burn the Witch" was released on May 3 as a download followed by "Daydreaming" as the second single on May 6. That very day, Radiohead announced the album's release date.
Physical copies of A Moon Shaped Pool will be released on June 17 via XL Recordings.