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Coldplay Lands Fourth No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

Coldplay 'A Head Full of Dreams'
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Coldplay 'A Head Full of Dreams'

'A Head Full of Dreams' debuts atop both Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums.

A head full of dreams and a shelf full of No. 1s: Coldplay is on top again.

The band's seventh album A Head Full of Dreams rockets in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts (dated Dec. 26) with 195,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 10, according to Nielsen Music.

Dreams marks Coldplay's fourth No. 1 on both lists (since genre-specific rock album charts began in 2006), following 2008's Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, 2011's Mylo Xyloto and 2014's Ghost Stories (which opened with 383,000). On Alternative Albums, Coldplay ties Nickelback for the most No. 1s, while on Top Rock Albums, Coldplay matches the mark for the second-most leaders, after Dave Matthews Band's five; Coldplay joins Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Linkin Park, John Mayer, Nickelback and Bruce Springsteen, each with four.

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Coldplay also sends four debuts from the new album onto Hot Rock Songs, joining two tracks already on the chart. Lead radio single "Adventure of a Lifetime" lifts 5-3, while "Everglow," which debuted last week at No. 8, drops to No. 13. Beyonce collaboration "Hymn for the Weekend" starts at No. 20, followed by fellow new arrivals "Fun," featuring Tove Lo (No. 30), the title cut (No. 32), and "Army of One" (No. 34).

In other Top Rock Albums action, Bruce Springsteen's Ties That Bind: The River Collection debuts at No. 3 (19,000 sold). The four-CD, three-DVD box set encompasses the era surrounding Springsteen's 1980 album The River (the first of the Boss' 11 Billboard 200 No. 1s).

Meanwhile, Kid Cudi (yes, the rapper) makes his solo Top Rock Albums debut with his alternative set Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven (No. 5, 14,000). It's not Cudi's first foray into rock: in 2012, he released WZRD, billed to his band of the same name. The album debuted at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums (with 66,000 sold in its first week).

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