Coldplay‘s sixth studio effort, Ghost Stories, debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (May 28th), selling 383,000 copies to earn the band its fourth chart-topper as well as the biggest single sales week of the year. The previous biggest week of 2014 belonged to Eric Church, whose The Outsiders moved 288,000 copies in February. Coldplay also notched the largest sales week for any album sinceBeyonce‘s self-titled effort shifted 617,000 copies last December.
- Coldplay’s three previous albums all debuted at Number One, with 2011’s Xylo Myloto selling 447,000 in its first week, 2008’s Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends moving 721,000 copies and 2005’s X&Y racking up a first-week tally of 737,000.
- In a clear sign of the times, Ghost Stories sold 245,000 digital copies — 64 percent of its entire first week sales.
- In other news, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin told the Daily Star that he’s comfortable with the fact that Coldplay is not thought of as a “cool” band.
- Martin said, “We have never been the coolest thing or the most fashionable thing. Well, maybe for a period. It just feels like we’re able to keep rolling and no one really notices. I feel like every day we’re given is a real blessing. I could not have asked for a more dreamy job.”
- As for whether Coldplay can maintain its current level of success, Martin remarked, “If we’re in that place in 10 years, that’s amazing. But if we’re not, that’s okay.”
- Coldplay has yet to announce any extensive tour plans behind the new album.