Coldplay’s Ghost Stories easily scared off the competition for the top spot on the Billboard 200. The British band’s latest release sold 383,000 copies last week, which was more than enough to land at No. 1 and claim the year’s biggest debut so far. The previous high-water mark for 2014 came back in February when Eric Church sold 288,000 copies of The Outsiders in its opening frame.
Ghost Stories gives Chris Martin and company their fourth consecutive Billboard 200 chart topper. X&Y started the streak in 2005, bowing at No. 1 after selling 737,000 copies. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends followed in 2008 with 721,000, and Mylo Xyloto opened atop the tally in 2011 with 447,000. The guys have obviously grown comfortable at the top, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be leaving anytime soon. Billboard points out that even if sales of Ghost Stories falls by 80 percent – as is typical for big No. 1 debuts – the album should still sell enough to fend off new releases from Mariah Carey and Austin Mahone, and stay on top of the chart.
The Black Keys, meanwhile, had no such luck. Last week’s No. 1, Turn Blue, slid to No. 5 after sales dropped 67 percent to 54,000 copies. The rest of the Billboard 200 top five includes Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am at No. 2 (211,000); Michael Jackson’s Xscape at No. 3 (67,000); and the Frozen soundtrack at No. 4 (65,000).