Coldplay have scored their eight consecutive No.1 album with Everyday Life (Parlophone).
The record, tipped to be one of the big Q4 releases, is the third fastest-selling LP of the year behind Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi. Everyday Life opened with sales of 80,974 (including 5,895 from streams), according to the Official Charts Company.
Parlophone’s co-presidents Mark Mitchell and Nick Burgess have spoken to Music Week about the global ambitions for the record.
First week sales are down on the 235,975 for A Head Full Of Dreams in December 2015. A Head Full Of Dreams debuted at No.2 behind Adele, though the LP ultimately reached the summit. Click here for a full rundown of Coldplay sales stats.
Robbie Williams, recently a Music Week cover star, was at No.1 in early sales flashes with festive collection The Christmas Present. It finished at No.2 with sales of 67,188, including 9,661 cassettes.
Q4 sales appear to be hotting up after a sluggish start. However, artist album physical sales of 767,361 were down on the week 48 result of 1,017,853 for 2018, according to Official Charts Company data.
Top 10 entries include Rod Stewart’s You’re In My Heart (Rhino) orchestral album (No.3, 37,723 sales), Happy Days (Decca) by Andre Rieu (No.6, 16,441 sales), Thanks For The Dance (Columbia), the posthumous album by Leonard Cohen (14,623 sales) and Bing At Christmas (Decca) by Bing Crosby and the London Symphony Orchestra (No.9, 11,706 sales).
Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent increased sales by 86% week-on-week. With total sales of 522,358, it is now the biggest seller of the year to date.