With "Ghost Stories," Coldplay returns to an old haunt, the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart for a third time, as the set starts with 383,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, the album arrives as the group's fourth leader on the Billboard 200 with the highest sales week of the year.
"Ghost Stories" also marks Coldplay's third No. 1 on Alternative Albums. The British band previously led the lists with its last two studio releases: 2011's "Mylo Xyloto" and 2008's "Viva La Vida and Death and All His Friends." (2005's "X&Y" topped the Billboard 200 prior to the rock album charts' launches.)
"Ghost Stories" is Coldplay's sixth studio album dating to its 2000 debut "Parachutes." Four songs from the new set chart on Hot Rock Songs: "A Sky Full of Stars" (at No. 4, after leading last week's list), "Magic" (No. 9), "Midnight" (No. 16) and "Always in My Head" (new at No. 50).
"The Fault in Our Stars" soundtrack bows at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums, and No. 8 on the Billboard 200, with 34,000 sold. The collection features original songs from Jake Bugg, Ray LaMontagne, Lykke Li, M83., Tom Odell, Grouplove and the Radio Dept., among others. The album also sports three songs from U.K. teen Birdy, including "Not About Angels," which debuts at No. 40 on Hot Rock Songs.
Conor Oberst starts at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums and scores his first No. 1 on Folk Albums with "Upside Down Mountain" (11,000). It's Oberst's first title credited to his name alone (as opposed to his moniker Bright Eyes, or Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band) since his eponymous album in 2008, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums. "Mountain" is Oberst's first major-label set, released on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. He crowned Top Rock Albums in 2007 with Bright Eyes' "Cassadaga," which also earned him his highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 4).
California Breed debuts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums with its self-titled debut (4,000 sold). The age-spanning metal supergroup is composed of 62-year-old Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), 47-year-old Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) and 23-year-old vocalist and guitarist Andrew Watt.
Another notable rock release debuts: the 15th-anniversary deluxe reissue of American Football's 1999's self-titled (and only) album begins at No. 3 on Vinyl Albums (and No. 68 on the Billboard 200). Of its 4,000 sold, more than two-thirds were vinyl copies.
On Hot Rock Songs, Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" reclaims the top spot from Coldplay's "Stars." "Fun" returns for a second week on top (2-1), aided by a 17 percent lift to 85,000 downloads sold; it leads Rock Digital Songs for a second frame.
The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" debuts at No. 15 on Hot Rock Songs thanks to its inclusion in a viral proposal video in which Jack Hyer lip-syncs to the song over a period of four years and in 26 different countries. ("Decided I wanted to marry my girlfriend after [our] first date," he notes on YouTube.) The song, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993, zooms onto Rock Streaming Songs at No. 12 with 1.7 million U.S. streams in the week ending May 25, a massive 893 percent spike, according to Nielsen BDS.
It's not the only veteran song resurfacing: 1968 instrumental track "Taurus" from defunct rock band Spirit debuts at No. 23 on Hot Rock Songs after a lawyer for the band threatened to sue Led Zeppelin for using an allegedly similar guitar melody in the opening riff of the latter's iconic "Stairway to Heaven," which was released in 1971.
After winning the 13th season of Fox's "American Idol" last week (May 21), Caleb Johnson sends his first Interscope single, "As Long as You Love Me," onto Hot Rock Songs at No. 41. The song, which bows at No. 26 on Rock Digital Songs with 10,000 sold, was written by Justin Hawkins of the Darkness.