By Daniel Lane
According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data for the first half of 2014, Coldplay’s Ghost Stories is the biggest selling artist album of 2014 so far.
Released in May of this year, Ghost Stories became the British band’s sixth UK chart topper, knocking Michael Jackson’s Xscape (Number 19 in year to date Top 40) off the summit of the Official Albums Chart. It sold over 168,000 copies during its first week of release, and has sold in excess of 375,000 copies to date.
Paolo Nutini takes second place on the half-year chart with his third full-length, Caustic Love. The album spent three week at Number 1 back in April, and has sold over 329,000 copies so far.
Ellie Goulding, who led the year to date chart during Quarter 1 of 2014, slides two places to Number 3 with Halcyon. Originally released in 2012, the album became the first Number 1 of 2014 thanks to the release of the deluxe edition, Halcyon Days, which features Ellie’s first Number 1 single, Burn. Halcyon has sold 275,000 copies so far this year, 902,000 to date.
Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction is at Number 4 with 255,000 sales, while Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Number 5) completes the Top 5 with sales of over 228,000 copies since it was released in May.
Ed Sheeran’s X (pronounced multiply), enters at Number 12 on the year to date countdown, after just one week on sale. The album sold over 182,000 copies during its first week of release, and is currently the fastest selling artist album of 2014 so far.
You can see the full Top 40 below:
|2||CAUSTIC LOVE||PAOLO NUTINI|
|4||A PERFECT CONTRADICTION||PALOMA FAITH|
|5||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|8||IF YOU WAIT||LONDON GRAMMAR|
|11||SINCE I SAW YOU LAST||GARY BARLOW|
|13||LOVE IN THE FUTURE||JOHN LEGEND|
|16||THE TAKE OFF AND LANDING OF EVERYTHING||ELBOW|
|17||THE POWER OF LOVE||SAM BAILEY|
|21||MIDNIGHT MEMORIES||ONE DIRECTION|
|23||MOON LANDING||JAMES BLUNT|
|24||DAYS ARE GONE||HAIM|
|27||GOING BACK HOME||WILKO JOHNSON/ROGER DALTREY|
|29||NIGHT VISIONS||IMAGINE DRAGONS|
|31||MEET THE VAMPS||VAMPS|
|32||HIGH HOPES||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN|
|33||SWINGS BOTH WAYS||ROBBIE WILLIAMS|
|34||EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION & WAR||KAISER CHIEFS|
|35||THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2||EMINEM|
|36||LITTLE RED||KATY B|
|37||TO BE LOVED||MICHAEL BUBLE|
|38||SHANGRI LA||JAKE BUGG|
|39||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|40||UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX||BRUNO MARS|
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