Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" tops Billboard album chart

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Coldplay debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday with "Mylo Xyloto," while pop star Rihanna scored her 11th No. 1 single with "We Found Love" on the Hot 100 chart.

"Mylo Xyloto," the fifth studio album from Coldplay, sold 447,000 copies in the first week of its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It beat out stiff competition from "American Idol" alumnus Kelly Clarkson, who entered the charts at No. 2 with her fifth album, "Stronger," selling 163,00 copies.

This is the third studio album for British rockers Coldplay to debut at No. 1, following their 2005 release "X&Y" and 2008's "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends."

Coldplay's latest record is the third biggest-selling album to top the charts this year, and the largest single-week sales for a rock record in nearly three years, according to Jim Donio, president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), a music business association.

The band have also broken their own record, previously held by "Viva La Vida," for highest-ever first week album sales on iTunes stores worldwide, amassing over 500,000 copies sold across all 35 iTunes stores, a representative for Capitol Records said.

"Mylo Xyloto" has received mixed reviews, despite its chart-topping success. Rolling Stone's Josh Eells gave the record three-and-a-half stars, saying "the choruses are bigger, the textures grander, the optimism more optimistic," but other critics were less impressed.

Alexis Petridis of British newspaper The Guardian, criticized the lack of evolution in Coldplay's music and said that a lot of the album "just sounds like standard-issue Coldplay, replete with echoing guitars, woah-oh choruses and vocals that signify high drama by slipping into falsetto."

British singer Adele, who has been dominating the album charts with "21," dropped to No. 4 as Michael Buble's holiday album 'Christmas," released last week ahead of the festive season, debuted at No. 3.   Continued...