Coldplay album selling fast, music to EMI's ears

Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:31pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Coldplay sold 125,000 copies of its new album on the first day of release in Britain, a solid tally industry experts say should be music to the band's ears and those of its ailing record label EMI.

"Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends" now looks "certain" to top Sunday's album chart, according to The Official Charts Company which tracks record sales, even though it was released on Thursday rather than at the start of the week.

"Coldplay are an international act ... and these sales figures in the UK are the first indication of how the album will be received, and EMI will be very pleased," said The Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot.

"X&Y," Coldplay's last album and most successful to date, sold 465,000 copies in its first week in Britain.

EMI, and its boss Guy Hands, will now turn their attention to the world's biggest music market in the United States, a more important barometer of the album's success when it is released there next week.


Late on Thursday, lead singer Chris Martin walked out of an interview on BBC's Radio 4, saying he was "not really enjoying this" and accusing his interviewer of "twisting" his words. He also rejected the description of the new album as "morbid."

But in a separate BBC interview broadcast on Friday, the husband of Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow said the group still suffered nerves despite the success of recent years.   Continued...

<p>Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 1, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>