Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto” topped the U.S. album chart last week, debuting with the third-biggest opening sales tally of the year.
The U.K. band’s Capitol release moved 447,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending Oct. 30. Only albums to beat that total out of the box in 2011 have been Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (1.1 million in May) and Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (964,000 in September).
Set is group’s third consecutive studio album to reach the peak, succeeding “Viva la Vida” (2008) and “X&Y” (2005).
Without breaking out numbers, Capitol announced that iTunes Store sales of “Mylo Xyloto” broke a one-week record previously achieved by “Viva la Vida.” Some observers have attributed solid first-week “Mylo” sales to Coldplay’s refusal to license the new album for streaming on “freemium” sites.
Second-best bow of the week belonged to Kelly Clarkson, whose “Stronger” (RCA) entered at No. 2 with a 163,000-unit stanza. The first “American Idol” champ topped the chart with her previous album, 2009’s “All I Ever Wanted.”
First performer to hit the top 10 with a seasonal release this year is Michael Buble, whose “Christmas” (Reprise) reached No. 3 with a 141,000-copy arrival. The pop balladeer is no stranger to the Yule release cycle: He tested the waters with the holiday EP “Let It Snow,” which peaked at No. 32 in 2007.
The week’s new releases pushed this year’s sales champ and previous week’s resurgent No. 1, Adele’s “21” (Columbia), down to No. 4, despite a gain of 1% to 107,000 units. Title has now topped 4.2 million.
Another new title, Toby Keith’s “Clancy’s Tavern” (Show Dog), moved in at No. 5 behind a 69,000-unit frame. It’s the country star’s ninth consecutive top five studio album.
Singer-songwriter Tom Waits attained a personal best this week with “Bad as Me” (Anti-), which became the first top 10 album of his 38-year recording career with a No. 6 delivery. Set, which sold 63,000 its first week, also eschewed streaming services.
Top 10 was rounded out by Scotty McCreery’s “Clear As Day” (No. 7, 42,000 sold, down 25%), Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” (No. 8, 31,000, off 10%), Tony Bennett’s “Duets II” (No. 9, 31,000, down 21%) and Casting Crowns’ “Come to the Well” (No. 10, 30,000, off 70%).
Fourth-quarter schedule will continue to shift into high gear in the coming week, with new titles by Susan Boyle, Florence + the Machine, Miranda Lambert and Justin Bieber all expected to chart.