Coldplay shaded out of elite chart club

Coldplay shaded out of elite chart club

Coldplay looked to be in with a chance of joining this most exclusive of clubs but lose their leadership of the US singles charts, even as their blockbusting fourth studio album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends continues at number one in the UK and debuts at number one in America.

The album sold more than 721,000 copies on its first week, to become the third number one album by a British act this year and the 100th in US chart history (see Alan Jones' blog for more details).

Viva La Vida's total was helped considerably by sales of 288,000 downloads - more than any other album has sold in downloads in an entire year, and more than the 248,000 that X&Y has so far sold digitally, from total US sales of 3.18m.

Coldplay were always on track to debut at number one but their margin over former incumbent Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III was much bigger than anticipated, with the rapper's album experiencing a massive 69% dip in second week sales to 308,500 as it slips 1-2.

The new Disney TV movie soundtrack Camp Rock arrives at number three with first week sales in excess of 188,000. Four songs from the set also sold enough as stand-alone downloads to enter the Top 40 of the Hot 100 singles chart.

Also new to the Top 10 are Kate Perry's debut album One Of The Boys at number nine on sales of 47,000, while first single I Kissed A Girl dethrones Capitol labelmates Coldplay on the Hot 100; and Offspring's Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace, which debuts at number 10 on sales of 45,500 copies.

Sales of nearly 42,000 earn British metal veterans Judas Priest the highest-charting album of their career, with their concept album Nostradamus debuting at number 11.

It narrowly outperforms its predecessor, Angel Of Retribution, which reached number 13 in 2005.

The first of the band's 16 chart albums came in 1978, when Stained Class reached number 173 - but don't be fooled by its low chart peak, as it is one of 12 albums by the band to sell more than 500,000 copies in America.

Leona Lewis and Duffy have been going down in convoy for three weeks now, with Lewis staying a place above Duffy - and this week is no exception with Lewis' Spirit falling 14-17 on sales of 28,000 and Duffy's Rockferry selling 500 fewer as it moves 15-18.

Other UK acts in the top half of the album chart include: Natasha Bedingfield, whose Pocketful Of Songs dips 45-53 on sales of 11,500, even though the single of the same name climbs 6-5 to reach a new chart peak on its 19th week on the list; Adele's 19 climbs 62-54 on its second week on the list, although its sales fall 5% to 11,250; Amy Winehouse's Back To Black reverses 82-88 on sales of 8,000; The Ting Tings' We Started Nothing continues its rollercoaster ride, with sales up 17% at 7,000. Reversing gear every week and never moving less than 30 places, the album's chart career so far has seen it progress 147-78-127-96; Radiohead's single disc Best Of dips 95-98 on sales of 7,000.

On the Hot 100, Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love rises 4-3, despite losing airplay and sales. Nevertheless, the 75,000 downloads it sold last week improve its career tally to more than 2.6m. Coldplay's Viva La Vida falls 1-5, with download sales falling 47% to 131,000.

As mentioned above, Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful Of Sunshine rises 6-5. Its airplay is increasing rapidly though it dips 5-11 on sales, which are down 9% to 99,000.


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