Free Keane Track Hits 500,000 Downloads

U.K. rock act Keane logged 500,000 downloads of its free track "Spiralling" in a week-long promotion, according to its label, Universal/Island. The song was made available through Keanemusic.com begin

U.K. rock act Keane logged 500,000 downloads of its free track "Spiralling" in a week-long promotion, according to its label, Universal/Island. The song was made available through Keanemusic.com beginning Aug. 4.

Universal/Island says the track has become its most popular free download ever, although there are limited comparisons available, as U.K. labels do not routinely issue data from such digital promotions. Coldplay's giveaway track "Violet Hill" was downloaded two million times in the week after April 29, according to EMI.

"Spiralling" has now been withdrawn as a free download from Keanemusic.com and is available to purchase from digital stores. The song has entered the Nielsen Music Control U.K. Radio Airplay Chart at No. 34.

The track features on the band's new album, "Perfect Symmetry", which is released on Oct. 13. The trio's third set is preceded by the proper first single, "The Lovers Are Losing."