Hot Coldplay blows away rivals

LONDON (Reuters) - Coldplay’s new album proved too hot for its rivals as the band went straight to the top of the album charts on the back of just three days’ sales, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

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

Released on Thursday, Coldplay’s fourth album “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends” sold 302,000 units, more than the combined sales of the rest of the top five biggest selling albums to provide a fillip for the band’s ailing record label EMI.

“The album recorded one of Coldplay’s best first week sales performances and one of UK’s all-time biggest first week album sales, despite the short, three-day sales period,” said an Official Charts Company spokeswoman.

“X&Y”, Coldplay’s last album and most successful to date, sold 465,000 copies in its first week.

Veteran singer-songwriter Neil Diamond rose one position to second place with “Home Before Dark” as Welsh singer Duffy and “Rockferry” slipped to third place from second. Last week’s number one album “22 Dreams” by singer Paul Weller dropped to fourth position.

The Fratellis and “Here We Stand” was the only other new entry in the album charts, with the Scottish band coming in at number five.

In the singles chart the remix of the classic hit “Singin’ In The Rain” by electronic band Mint Royale held on to the number one spot for a second week running.

The track shot to number one last week after 14-year-old George Sampson danced to it on the way to winning ITV’s popular “Britain’s Got Talent” show last month.

The remix originally entered the charts in 2005 when it featured in a Volkswagen Golf advert recreating Gene Kelly’s famous puddle-splashing dance from the 1952 musical of the same name.

“Take A Bow” by Barbadian singer Rihanna -- a previous number one single -- held on to second place, while Ne-Yo’s dance anthem “Closer” rose two places to three in a top 10 that had no new entries.

Reporting by John Joseph; Editing by Matthew Jones