CSPC: Coldplay Popularity Analysis

Coldplay Career CSPC Results


So, after checking all figures, you must be looking for how many overall album sales equivalent each Coldplay record achieved. Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, Mylo Xyloto singles released in download format sold the equivalent of 1,790,000 albums – 17,900,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.


Earlier in this article we saw that A Rush Of Blood To The Head sold 5,6 million units by March 2003, eight months after being first released. At that time, there was no other release containing its tracks, there was no streaming service and there was no digital downloads. The only non-album format was physical singles, which as shown by this total bring A Rush Of Blood To The Head total to 5,8 million during its first eight months. A Head Full Of Dreams was released just nine months ago, being up to 5,5 million album sales equivalent.

As by 2002 their fan base was still not completely built the comparison is not fully fair, but it truly reveals how wrong looking at album sales only can give us a wrong view of both the market overall health and an act popularity. Coldplay are still pretty hot, hardly much less than in the past.

Unsurprisingly their 2002 set comes on top with 18,2 million overall sales generated, but the remarkable feat achieved by the band resides in their incredible consistency. Each of their five first albums exceed 10 million while their last two eclipsed 5 million and keep climbing.

At 83,2 million album sales equivalent, Coldplay is undoubtedly one of the biggest acts which emerged in the last 20 years. More than albums sold thanks to a short-lived hype, their discography overall appeal is quite mindblowing which will grant them sizable catalog sales for many, many years to come independantly of the format alive.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, EMI, Chartmasters.org.

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!

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