"Ghost Stories," the sixth studio album from the quartet
fronted by Chris Martin, sold 383,000 copies in the United
States last week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen
That beat country singer Eric Church's February release, "The
Outsiders," for the top U.S. sales week this year by nearly
Downloads accounted for 64 percent of total sales for "Ghost
Stories," Billboard said.
Country singer Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" debuted at No.
2 on the chart with sales of 211,000 copies.
Michael Jackson's posthumous release, "Xscape," fell to third
from second, while the hit soundtrack to Disney's $1.2
billion-grossing animated film, "Frozen," held at No. 4. Last
week's top album, The Black Keys' "Turn Blue," dropped to No. 5.
New releases in the top 10 this week include singer-songwriter
Phillip Phillips' "Behind the Light" at No. 7 followed by the
soundtrack to the film "The Fault in Our Stars" at No. 8.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's song "Fancy" was the top
download of the week with 336,000 in sales. It knocked a song
that features Azalea, Ariana Grande's "Problem," from the No. 1
spot on the digital songs chart.
Total album sales for the past week ended May 25 were 4.77
million, a decline of 8 percent compared to the same week last
year. Overall album sales for the year are down 15 percent
compared to the same period last year.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken and Paul
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