Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Mylo Xyloto (2011) – 2,772,000 equivalent albums
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall – 3,400,000
Charlie Brown – 900,000
Princess Of China – 2,480,000
Remaining Songs – 2,850,000
Ghost Stories (2014) – 1,260,000 equivalent albums
Magic – 2,400,000
A Sky Full Of Stars – 3,800,000
Remaining Songs – 1,600,000
A Head Full Of Dreams (2015) – 990,000 equivalent albums
Adventure Of A Lifetime – 2,350,000
Hymn For The Weekend – 2,300,000
Everglow – 700,000
Remaining Songs – 1,250,000
Orphan Album – 705,000 equivalent albums
Christmas Lights – 1,300,000
Atlas – 500,000
Something Just Like This – 1,800,000
Remaining tracks – 1,100,000
Yellow, Clocks/The Scientist, Speed of Sound, Viva La Vida… it is difficult to maintain a string of insanely popular singles from each album. They weren’t all chart toppers as physical singles sales were purchased almost exclusively by teens in early 00s, but all those singles have been an impressively efficient traction for album sales. With Mylo Xyloto, the unstoppable train that pushed the Coldplay-machine to one more successful era was Paradise. This song sold 3 million copies less than Viva La Vida in the US, but it was just as massive elsewhere, en route for nearly 9 million units sold to date.
Both the lower success of Ghost Stories’ singles as well as the sharp drops of the downloads markets prevented subsequent singles to climb as high as Paradise. Coldplay still recorded at least two 2 million sellers from each era, including two singles from A Head Full Of Dreams, which is now a way more difficult achievement than a few years ago. Their last hit in collaboration with the hyped duo Chainsmokers, Something Just Like This, is on its way to break that 2 million barrier too.
In total, the British Pop / Rock band sold 93 million digital singles. Even if this format is dying, the group is poised to break the 100 million download singles sales.