Label's acts top U.S. singles chart

LONDON — EMI’s new management are celebrating their best week since venture capital financiers Terra Firma bought the company a year ago.

On Sunday, it was confirmed that Coldplay’s new album “Viva La Vida” had topped the U.K. charts by selling more that 300,000 copies in its first three days after release and that feat has now been backed by chart data from the United States.

But it isn’t just Coldplay who are doing the business for EMI in America, as the new Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart gives the British record label the top two songs courtesy of Coldplay and Katy Perry.

Coldplay’s single “Viva La Vida” sold 246,000 downloads last week, also making the band no. 1 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart for the third consecutive week, while Perry’s hit “I Kissed a Girl” is number two on the Hot 100 Singles chart, but is also Billboard’s Greatest Gainer/Airplay this week.

With Coldplay’s album released in stores across America this week, EMI is confident it can keep the ball rolling with a high entry in the Billboard album charts next week to hopefully give the company’s finances some momentum as it eyes the crucial fourth quarter sales bonanza.

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