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Coldplay tops Billboard album chart with year's best sales week

Published on May 29, 2014 6:29 AM
Music indie group Coldplay includes Chris Martin (third from left) being the frontman who has a new album, Ghost Stories. -- PHOTO: PARLOPHONE 

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Coldplay's new album topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday in its opening week, notching the highest weekly sales by any artist so far this year and scoring the British rock group its fourth No. 1 album on the chart. Ghost Stories, the sixth studio album from the quartet fronted by Chris Martin, sold 383,000 copies in the United States last week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

That beat country singer Eric Church's February release, The Outsiders, for the top US sales week this year by nearly 100,000 copies.

Downloads accounted for 64 per cent of total sales for Ghost Stories, Billboard said.

Country singer Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am debuted at No. 2 on the chart with sales of 211,000 copies.

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