New album sells 464,000 copies in Britain.

Coldplay's widely-anticipated third studio album "X&Y" has opened with the second-highest first week sales tally in British chart history.

The Parlophone album, released last Monday (June 6), started at No. 1 on the latest British albums chart with 464,471 over-the-counter sales, according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company.

Only Oasis' August 1997 album "Be Here Now" (Big Brother/Sony BMG) -- with 695,761 copies -- sold more units on its first week of release. "X&Y" has relegated Dido's September 2003 album "Life For Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) into third on the all-time British first-week sales list. "Life For Rent" sold 400,351 copies in its first week.

The OCC, a joint-venture of labels body the British Phonographic Assn. and retail trade group the British Assn. of Record Dealers, has published over-the-counter album sales data since 1994.

'X&Y' accounted for more than one out of every six albums sold in Britain last week and has already earned triple platinum status there; EMI has shipped more than 900,000 units to retail.

The Chris Martin-fronted four-piece will this week embark on a world tour in support of the album. The first date takes place Wednesday (June 15) at Volks Park in Hamburg, Germany.

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