Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and became the highest-selling debut album since Beyonce’s surprise self-titled record was released in December. Sorry, world, Chris Martin is just as big as Queen Bey.
“Ghost Stories,” which is rumored to be about Martin’s split from Gwyneth Paltrow, bumped The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” out of the Billboard’s highest spot and is now Coldplay’s fourth album to top the charts upon release. So far, 383,000 units have been sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which is less than 2011’s “Mylo Xyloto.” Still, the number made it the biggest sales frame of 2014 behind Eric Church’s “The Outsiders,” released in February.
Billboard reported that 64 percent of first week sales were digital downloads, making “Ghost Stories” the largest digital sales week for a widely-available album (excluding “Beyonce,” which was release on iTunes) since One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” last December.
Coldplay has been promoting the album like mad, appearing on “The Voice,” “Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live” in recent weeks, in addition to a special on NBC. Three cheers for “conscious uncoupling,” especially when it translates to album sales.
And as a word of warning for Coldplay, be on the watch for the Queen Bey’s agents seeking restitution.
By Jessica Goodman