Coldplay has reaped its fourth consecutive U.S. album, ringing up the biggest stateside sales week of the year to date in the process.
The U.K. band's "Ghost Stories" (Atlantic) took the top slot with first-week sales of 383,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending May 25. That tally outdid the 288,000-unit February score of Eric Church's "The Outsiders," 2014's previous single-week champ.
The Chris Martin-fronted group, which was ubiquitous on U.S. TV in the run-up to the album's release, had previously topped the American chart with "Mylo Xyloto" (2011), "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" (2008) and "X&Y" (2005). "Ghost Stories" is the band's first release since it moved to Warner Music Group, which acquired some of EMI's Parlophone label assets last year.
For the first time this year, two titles moved more than 200,000 in the same week, as country singer Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" (Valory) claimed No. 2 with 211,000 copies sold. Riding the back of a high-profile association between the singer and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, it bests the No. 4 performance of his 2010 release "Halfway to Heaven."
Former "American Idol" champ Phillip Phillips' sophomore set "Behind the Light" (19/Interscope) launched at No. 7, shifting 41,000. The collection was well off the 169,000 units sold out of the box by his 2013 debut "The World From the Side of the Moon," which bowed at No. 4.
The Atlantic soundtrack for the forthcoming romantic drama "The Fault In Our Stars" bowed at No. 8 in advance of the picture's June 6 opening, tracking 34,000. The compilation includes by tracks by Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Birdy, Charli XCX and Lykke Li.
The week's top-10 holdovers included Michael Jackson's "Xscape" (No. 3, 67,000, off 57%), the "Frozen" soundtrack (No. 4, 65,000, down 12%), the Black Keys' "Turn Blue" (No. 5, 54,000, off 67%), the "Now 50" hits compilation (No. 6, 51,000, off 37%), Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" (No. 9, 22,000, up 42%) and Rascal Flatts' "Rewind" (No. 10, 22,000, down 65%). The latter two albums were separated by just 47 copies.
Mariah Carey's "Me. I Am Mariahâ¦The Elusive Chanteuse" will reach the national chart next week.
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