Wednesday, November 9, 2011


The Coldplay sales juggernaut continues. After setting a digital sales record on the way to a UK #1, and topping the iTunes chart, Coldplay’s new “Mylo Xyloto” has debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart.

The Brit rockers sold 447,000 copies of the new record, making it Coldplay’s third straight US chart-topper, and the third biggest sales week for an album this year, behind Lady GaGa’s "Born This Way" debut (1.1 million) and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" start (964,000).

"Mylo" marks the biggest week for a rock release since U2's "No Line On the Horizon" debuted at #1 in March of 2009 with sales of 484,000.

According to Billboard, since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, only five rock acts have claimed three albums that debuted with at least 400,000. Coldplay is the latest member of that group, which also includes U2 (three 400,000-plus debuts), the Beatles (three), Dave Matthews Band (five) and Metallica (six).

The Billboard 200's second-highest debut is Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," which starts at No. 2 with 163,000 sold. It's Clarkson's fifth album, and fifth consecutive to debut in the top three. Her last record, "All I Ever Wanted," was her second No. 1 album, with debut weeks ales of 255,000. The new album's first single, "Mr. Know It All," is quickly climbing the charts.

See the full Billboard 200 chart here.

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