They put up an admirable fight, but not even the power of Coldplay was enough to topple the mighty Adele from this week’s Official Albums Chart.
25 logs a third week at Number 1 with another mammoth week of sales, shifting 354,000 copies over the last seven days – giving Adele the highest third week sales for a Number 1 album since Take That’s The Circus, which logged 382,000 for its third week at Number 1 in 2008.
It’s not all bad news for Coldplay though; while their latest collection A Head Full Of Dreams is their first studio album not to debut at Number 1, they score their strongest opening week since 2008’s Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, racking up sales of 236,000. Their last album, 2014’s Ghost Stories, debuted with 168,000 sales, and 2011’s Mylo Xyloto notched up 208,000 sales in its first week on sale.
Coldplay’s week one sales also give them the highest selling Number 2 album in five years, since Rihanna notched up 249,000 sales of Loud in December 2010.
Meanwhile, Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream is at Number 3 with combines sales of 105,000 this week, Justin Bieber’s Purpose is at 4, and Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh logs a 16th consecutive week in the Top 10, holding at 5.
New entries and high climbers
X Factor runner-up Fleur East lands at Number 14 with her debut album Love, Sax and Flashbacks, Kylie Minogue’s Christmas album jumps eight places to Number 18, and Bette Midler’s A Gift Of Love debuts at 26.
Elsewhere, Sigma’s debut album Life enters at Number 28, Josh Groban’s Stages zooms 54 places back into the Top 40 at 31, and Jools Holland and Ruby Turner’s collaborative album Jools & Ruby bows at 39.