Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Sales Forecast Grows

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May 6: Coldplay performs "Always in My Head" and "Magic" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

The sales forecast for Coldplay's new "Ghost Stories" album has grown. The set, which was already on course for the largest sales week this year, is now aiming to sell between 370,000 and 390,000 copies in the week ending May 25 (according to industry sources).

That figure would easily surpass the current largest week of 2014, set by the debut of Eric Church's "The Outsiders," which sold 288,000 in the week ending Feb. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Ghost Stories" should easily bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, landing the British rock band its fourth chart-topper (and fourth No. 1 studio effort in a row). It follows 2011's "Mylo Xyloto," which entered atop the list with 447,000. The group previously hit No. 1 with 2008's "Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends" and 2005's "X&Y."

The Billboard 200's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, May 28.

"Ghost Stories" is the first release from Coldplay since the band moved to Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records, following Warner's acquisition of Parlophone in 2013 (and its artists, like Coldplay). 

The band's latest single, "A Sky Full of Stars," just became its third top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It rose from No. 43 to No. 10 on the chart dated May 31. The band previously hit the top 10 with "Viva La Vida" (peaking at No. 1 in 2008) and "Speed of Sound" (No. 8 in 2005).


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