All six previous Coldplay albums have debuted at number one on the UK album charts, however ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ has still outsold more recent Coldplay releases. The record’s shifted 236,000 copies in its first week, which makes it the band’s quickest-selling album since 2008’s ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’. Last year’s ‘Ghost Stories’ had debut week sales of 168,000.
Adele’s third-week sales of 354,000 make ’25’ the fastest selling third-week album since Take That’s ‘The Circus’, which sold 382,000 copies three weeks after its release in 2008. Elvis Presley album ‘If I Can Dream’ also reached the six-figure mark this week, selling 105,000 copies at number three.
Justin Beiber remains at number one and number two in the singles charts, with ‘Love Yourself’ and ‘Sorry’. Bieber replaced himself at the top of the singles charts last week, and holds the same positions this week, with Adele’s ‘Hello’ dropping to number four.
Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ launched on Spotify today (December 11), having previously been restricted to other streaming services.
The album features contributions from Barack Obama and Chris Martin’s ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow.
Coldplay will play the following UK live dates in support of the album next summer:
Manchester Etihad Stadium (June 4, 5)
Glasgow Hampden Park (June 7)
London Wembley Stadium (June 15, 16,18, 19)
In addition to their world tour, 2016 will also see Coldplay perform live at the Super Bowl half-time show.
Adele’s ’25’, meanwhile, continues to smash chart records, and recently became the first album to sell a million copies in two different weeks. The Londoner is reportedly due to appear on the X-Factor live finals this weekend, and took home two of the five titles at the BBC Music Awards last night (December 10).
Adele is also set to hit the road, with dates in the Spring, as follows:
Belfast, SSE Arena (February 29-March 1)
Dublin, 3Arena (March 4-5, )
Manchester, Arena (March 7-8, March 10-11)
London, The O2 (March 15-16, 18-19, March 21-22, April 4-5)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (March 25-26)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (March 29-30, April 1-2)