Coldplay's Ghost Stories Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.28.2014
Last week's #1 drops four spots...
Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 383,000 copies. It's the band's fourth #1 album and the biggest sales week of any album of the year. The week surpasses the previous record-holder, Eric Church's The Outsiders, which sold 288,000 on the week of February 16. Coldplay's debut is also the largest week for any album since Beyonce's self-titled release debuted with 617,000 on the week of December 15 as an iTunes exclusive.
The album was released on May 19. It is the fourth straight #1 album after 2011's Mylo Xyloto (447,000), 2008's Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends (721,000) and 2005's X&Y (737,000).
Digital copies of Ghost Stories sold 245,000 copies, 64% of the total amount. It's the largest digital sales week for a wide release (outside of Beyonce's album) since One Direction's Midnight Memories debuted with 275,000 on the week of December 1, 2013.
Coldplay promoted the album with its own NBC TV special on May 18, NBC's The Voice on May 20, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 6 and Saturday Night Live on May 3. Along with country singer Brantley Gilbert debuting at #2 with 211,000, this is the first time that two albums have sold at least 200,000 in a week in six months. The last time it happened was the week of November 17, 2013 when Lady Gaga's ARTPOP debuted at #1 with 258,000 and Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 dropped to #2 with 210,000.
1. Coldplay - Ghost Stories (383,000)
2. Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am (211,000)
3. Michael Jackson - Xscape (67,000)
4. Frozen soundtrack (65,000)
5. The Black Keys - Turn Blue (54,000)
6. Now 50 (51,000)
7. Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (41,000)
8. The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack (34,000)
9. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic (22,000)
10. Rascal Flatts - Rewind (just under 22,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.77 million copies, up 5% compared to last week and down 8% compared to last year (5.19 million). Year to date album sales stand at 98.75 million, down 15 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (116.60 million).