CSPC: Coldplay Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales

Coldplay became a huge worldwide phenomenon in 2002 thanks to A Rush Of Blood To The Head. At that time, physical sales had started their downward spiral but were still quite relevant in countries like the UK, France or Germany. As the group was clearly an album selling act yet they were unable to benefit from this market, moving an estimated total of 2,38 million copies only of all their singles in physical format.

Parachutes (2000) – 216,000 equivalent albums

Shiver – 50,000
Yellow – 450,000
Trouble – 200,000
Don’t Panic – 20,000

A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002) – 231,000 equivalent albums

In My Place – 300,000
The Scientist – 150,000
Clocks – 300,000
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face – 20,000

X&Y (2005) – 156,000 equivalent albums

Speed Of Sound – 250,000
Fix You – 150,000
Talk – 100,000
The Hardest Part – 20,000

Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008) – 120,000 equivalent albums

Violet Hill – 80,000
Viva La Vida– 300,000
Lost! – 20,000

9 thoughts on “CSPC: Coldplay Popularity Analysis”

  1. Please update
    1. A Head Full of Dreams is now 3x Platinum in France
    2. In Brazil, A Head Full of Dreams already sold 100,000 copies (at least)
    3. In UK, A Head Full of Dreams has sold 875,000 copies.

    1. Hello Sambuu,

      You need to keep in mind figures you are quoting include a good share of streaming converted to sales. As Streaming figures refer to Worldwide streaming, we need to first remove it from countries were it gets counted to avoid double counting.

      As for later updates of ‘new’ ongoing sales, I’ll not be reflecting them on articles as they are dated. It will create confusion and push people to inflate figures if they read figures updated in Sept 2016 on an article dated for example March 2016. I’ll possibly re-do a CSPC Coldplay article when the total will have significantly changed, but in-between I’ll not be updating this one.

      About sales equivalence logic, I suggest you to read this introduction article.

  2. Hello dear MJD and Hernàn, I am curious to know which artist or group you analyze this week.
    Answer me please, I am very curious !!!

  3. HI MJD

    since you wrote this article.

    A Head Full of Dreams

    UK : 3x Platinum (900,000)
    New Zealand : Platinum (15,000)
    Poland : 2x Platinum (40,000)
    France : 3x Platinum (300,000)

    1. Hello Sambuu,

      You need to take into account that those certifications involve a huge amount (25-50% of the total) of streaming, thus you are double-counting their numbers by sticking with them.

  4. i love Coldplay!
    Caught them last night in concert in Manila.
    What an experience!
    They are are definitely one of the BEST bands out there!
    Kudos!

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