Coldplay has done it again, hitting mumber one on the U.K. charts with Ghost Stories, marking the sixth time in a row that the group has accomplished this remarkable feat. Ghost Stories is the fastest-selling album of the year so far in the U.K., and takes over the number one spot from the Michael Jackson collaborative album, Xscape, which features previously unreleased MJ tracks sung by himself and guest artists like Justin Timberlake.
Just how well is Ghost Stories by Coldplay doing? 168,000 copies of the latest Coldplay album have been sold in the U.K. already, according to Reuters. This amount of albums sold puts Ghost Stories in first place as the fastest-selling album of the year there, taking over that honor from the album Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini (109,000 copies).
As Martin Talbot, the chief executive of the Official ChartsCompany said, whenever Coldplay releases a new album it “always makes a huge impact.” With Ghost Stories, Talbot continued, Coldplay has “made it a perfect six Number 1s out of six albums today.”
At #3 on the U.K. charts was Beautiful South’s What Have We Become. Jacqui Abbott and Paul Heaton have reunited to take this album to the #3 position on the charts this week. A Perfect Contradiction by Paloma Faith has risen to fourth place, and at number 5 is Definitely Maybe, Oasis’ 20th anniversary edition of their first album.
Ghost Story by Coldplay has only been on sale since last Monday. The album was reportedly inspired by frontman Chris Martin’s less-than-ideal romantic relationship with his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s a a concept album with the individual songs relating the tale of a man experiencing a sudden and dramatic breakup. The songs are about the man’s tumultuous emotional states which finally leads up to his acceptance that the romantic relationship has ended. The album is about both the idea of “opening yourself to love” and also it’s about coming to the realization that love rarely lasts forever, despite what poets and love songs have sometimes claimed.
To date, Coldplay has sold over 11.1 million copies of its previous five studio albums in the U.K. Those albums are 2000’s release, Parachutes; their 2002 release, A Rush of Blood to the Head; X&Y, released in 2006; Coldplay’s 2008 hit, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends; and 2011’s extremely popular Mylo Xyloto.
Three singles that have been released from it have helped build up the anticipation for Ghost Stories, and have aided in the album becoming #1 and the fastest-selling one of the year. “Magic” was released in March. In April, “Midnight” debuted, and just this May, Coldplay released “A Sky Full of Stars.”
Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records UK are the companies which have been with Coldplay since their debut album. According to Miles Leonard, the Chairman of Parlophone, Ghost Stories hitting #1 is “a landmark moment.” He calls it “a captivating record” and one which “will live with the band’s millions of fans for a long time to come.”
With the release of Ghost Stories, Chris Martin has created a concept album of interrelated songs about one of life’s most tragic and sad eventualities, the breakup of a romantic relationship. He has made the songs spellbinding, entrancing, and the album Ghost Stories into yet another huge hit for Coldplay.
Written by: Douglas Cobb