Coldplay's new album, Ghost Stories, is on course for the UK market's 2014 sales speed record after recording the biggest opening day of the year.
Ghost Stories, which was released yesterday (May 19), has racked up in excess of 82,000 sales on its opening day, overtaking previous record holder, Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love, which had sold 44,000 at this early stage.
The rapid start puts the UK band well on course for their sixth Official Albums Chart Number 1 album this coming weekend following; Parachutes (2000), A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002), X&Y (2006), Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008) and Mylo Xyloto (2011) – which between them have sold more than 11.1 million copies in the UK alone. Coldplay have also scored two Official Singles Chart Number 1 singles in the UK, Viva la Vida (2008) and Paradise (2011).
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot says, "The arrival of any Coldplay album is always an event and Ghost Stories is no exception. To so comfortably achieve the biggest first day of any album is remarkable, especially after a three–year wait since their last album. Every one of Coldplay’s studio albums has achieved Number 1 status and Ghost Stories is on course to maintain that perfect record."
Chairman of Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records UK Miles Leonard, who has worked with Coldplay for more than 15 years since they first signed to Parlophone in 1999, says, "This is another incredible album from a band at the top of their game. There is always huge anticipation ahead of a new Coldplay release so we wanted to be innovative and creative to make sure their fans all over the world are as excited about Ghost Stories as we are. We couldn’t be happier with the early response we’re seeing."
Sunday's Official Albums Chart Top 5 also looks likely to include the new album by former Beautiful South mainstays Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, What Have We Become, Oasis's Definitely Maybe reissue and Michael Jackson's current Official Albums Chart Number 1, Xscape.
In related news, former The Voice contestant, Bob Blakeley, who failed to make it past the blind audition stage of the competition, looks set to enter the Official Albums Chart Top 20 this weekend, with his debut album, Performance.