Coldplay Get Post-Paralympics Sales Boost, Land Five Albums in U.K. Top 100
Following their performance at last Sunday’s (Sept. 9) Paralympic Games closing ceremony, Coldplay have received a significant sales boost in the homeland. The band's' back catalog is now making a prominent showing on both this week’s U.K. Official Singles Chart midweek Top 100 and the Official Albums Chart midweek Top 100, despite the fact that some of the charting songs are up to a dozen years old.
Their highest-charting single currently is 'Princess of China' featuring R&B singer Rihanna, who also joined them for their Paralympics set. That tune jumps from its position at No. 51 last week all the way up to No. 29. Other jumps include 'Paradise' (No. 92 to No. 40), 'Fix You' (No. 97 to No. 74) -- despite not even being played during the set -- and 'Viva La Vida' (No. 192 to No. 44).
Meanwhile, on the albums chart, all five Coldplay album have made their way back into the top 100, with their latest, 'Mylo Xyloto' (No. 20 to No.6), leading the charge. It's followed by 2005's 'X&Y' (No. 194 to No. 63) and 2008's 'Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends' (No. 186 to No. 48). Their 2002 sophomore set, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head,' and their 2000 debut, 'Parachutes,' both re-enter the top 200 to land at No. 53 and No. 61, respectively.
The final rankings for each of the singles and albums won't be posted until Sunday, so check back with the charts then to see where each ends up.