Coldplay’s “X&Y” Breaks UK Chart Record

Coldplay’s third studio album, “X&Y,” opened with the second-highest first week sales tally in British chart history. The Parlophone album, released June 6, debuted at No. 1 on the British album chart with 464,471 over-the-counter sales, according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company.

Only Oasis’ August 1997 album “Be Here Now” (Big Brother/Sony BMG) — with 695,761 copies — sold more units in its first week of release. ‘X&Y’ accounted for more than one out of every six albums sold in Britain last week and has already earned triple platinum status there; EMI has shipped more than 900,000 units to retailers.

The set’s debut pushed Oasis’ “Don’t Believe the Truth” (Big Brother) to No. 2, followed by a No. 3 entry for the White Stripes’ “Get Behind Me Satan” (XL Recordings). The new compilation “All Over the World — The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra” (Epic) came in at No. 11 and John Legend’s “Get Lifted” (Columbia) reached a new peak with a 24-12 climb.

Source: Billboard

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