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Ghost Stories by the numbers

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Released on May 16th in many countries and May 19th worldwide through Parlophone and Atlantic Records, Coldplay's sixth album "Ghost Stories is an introspective, bittersweet meditation on love and loss that sounds every bit as spectral as its name sounds."






WORLDWIDE PEAKS & CERTIFICATIONS
Argentina 1
Australia 1 PLATINUM 70K
Austria 2 GOLD 7,5K
Belgium (Flanders & Wallonia) 1 GOLD 10K
Canada 1 PLATINUM 80K & GOLD 40K
Chile 1
Czech Republic 1
Croatia 2
Denmark 1
Estonia 3
Finland 1
France 1 GOLD 50K
Germany 1 GOLD 100K
Greece 6
Hungary 1 GOLD 1K
Ireland 1
Israel 1
Italy 1 PLATINUM 50K
Japan 7
Mexico 1 GOLD 30K
Netherlands 2 GOLD 25K
New Zealand 1 GOLD 7,500
Norway 1
Poland 1 GOLD 10K
Portugal 1
Russia 1
South Africa 7
South Korea International Albums 1
Spain 1 GOLD 20K
Sweden 1
Switzerland 1 PLATINUM 20K
United Kingdom 1 PLATINUM 300K
United States 1 GOLD 500K

ACHIEVEMENTS
•• Magic became Coldplay's 11th Triple A #1 hit in the United States, tying them with U2 with the most #1 on the format.
•• A Sky Full Of Stars topped 86 iTunes stores.
•• 2 weeks before its release, Ghost Stories had already topped 66 iTunes stores.
•• Ghost Stories was certified GOLD in Switzerland and in Netherlands before the official release based on preorders alone.
•• Ghost Stories topped over 100 iTunes Stores
•• Ghost Stories sold 82K copies in one day in the UK, making it the fastest selling album of the year
•• A Sky Full Of Stars became Coldplay's third top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The first one since Viva La Vida (2008)
•• A Sky Full Of Stars became Coldplay's first #1 song on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs
•• Ghost Stories became the fastest selling album of the year of the US Billboard 200.
•• Ghost Stories became the fastest selling Rock Album since 2012.
•• First album to be certified Platinum in Switzerland.
•• Top Selling Rock Album in the Billboard 2014 Mid Year Charts.



MEDIATRAFFIC
Week 01: 1,023,000 (#1)
Week 02: 339K (#1)
Week 03: 196K (#2)
Week 04: 166K (#2)
Week 05: 118K (#5)
Week 06: 104K (#4)
Week 07: 91K (#4)
Week 08: 83K (#4)
Week 09: 73K (#6)
Week 10: 68K (#5)
Week 11: 65K (#6)
Week 12: 59K (#8)
TOTAL: 2,385,000

MUSICHARTS
Week 01: 1,003,900 (#1)
Week 02: 357,000 (#1)
Week 03: 224,700 (#2)
Week 04: 206,700 (#2)
Week 05: 150,700 (#4)
Week 06: 140,100 (#3)
Week 07: 131,900 (#4)
Week 08: 118,200 (#3)
Week 09: 107,200 (#5)
Week 10: 101,300 (#5)
TOTAL: 2,541,700

US SALES HDD & Billboard
Week 01: 386K (#1) & 383K (#1)
Week 02: 85K (#1) & 83K (#1)
Week 03: 44K (#4) & 46K (#5)
Week 04: 32K (#7) & 34K (#7)
Week 05: 25K (#12)
Week 06: 19K (#13)
Week 07: 17K (#14)
Week 08: 14K (#15)
Week 09: 13K (#23)
Week 10: 12K (#19)
Week 11: 12K (#19) & 12K
Week 12: 10K (#24) & 10K
TOTAL: 669K & 666K (after 12 weeks)

UK SALES
Week 01: 168,048 (1)
Week 02: 75,032 (2)
Week 03: 46,315 (2)
Week 04: 48,361 (2)
Week 05: 20,827 (4)
Week 06: 16,857 (4)
Week 07: 15,015 (#8)
Week 08: 11,684 (#7)
Week 09: 9,456 (#8)
Week 10: 8,416 (#5)
Week 11: 8,241 (#6)
Week 12: 8.086 (#4)
Week 13: 6,962 (#11)
TOTAL: 443,336



MAGIC, the first single off Ghost Stories was released on March 3rd 2014.

Worldwide peaks & Certifications
WW iTunes Tracks: 2
US iTunes Tracks: 3
Australia (ARIA): 5 Platinum (x2) 35,000 (x2)
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40): 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders): 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia): 7
Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100): 57
Brazil Hot Pop Songs: 17
Canada (Canadian Hot 100): 13 Gold 40,000
Chile Singles Chart: 3
Czech Republic (IFPI): 21
Denmark (Tracklisten): 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista): 7
France (SNEP): 6
Germany (Media Control AG): 8
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard): 5
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40): 37
Hungary (Single Top 20): 7
Ireland (IRMA): 4
Israel (Media Forest): 4
Italy (FIMI): 2 PLATINUM 30000
Japan (Japan Hot 100): 35
Luxemburg Digital Songs (Billboard): 2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100): 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ): 10
Norway (VG-lista): 12
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard): 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company): 10
Slovakia (IFPI): 44
Spain (PROMUSICAE): 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan): 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade): 6 GOLD 15K
UK Singles (Official Charts Company): 10 SILVER
US Billboard Hot 100: 14
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard): 32
US Alternative Songs (Billboard): 7
US Rock Songs (Billboard): 3
Mediatraffic: 9

US sales estimates & Mediatraffic points
Week 01: 114K & 176K
Week 02: 52K & 133K
Week 03: 38K & 122K
Week 04: 36K & 122K
Week 05: 35K & 117K
Week 06: 32K & 121K
Week 07: 35K & 126K
Week 08: 36K & 133K
Week 09: 44K & 147K
Week 10: 45K & 140K
Week 11: 52K & 138K
Week 12: 37K & 116K
Week 13: 23K & 89K
Week 14: 17K & 78K
Week 15: 15K & 68K
Week 16: 13K &
Week 17:
TOTAL US: 750K. As of May 2nd 2014, the WW sales total was at 877K.
Total Mediatraffic Points: 1,710,000

US Airplay peak 12M

Streaming
YOUTUBE: 62M
SPOTIFY: 100M



A SKY FULL OF STARS, the second single off Ghost Stories was released on May 2th 2014.

Worldwide peaks & Certifications
WW iTunes Tracks: 1
US iTunes Tracks: 1
Australia 2 PLATINUM
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Flanders) 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Wallonia) 31
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 4 GOLD 40K
Chile 8
Denmark (Tracklisten) 3
Dutch (Mega Top 50) 6
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard) 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen latauslista) 8
France 5
Germany (Media Control AG) 6
Hungary (Single Top 20) 2
Ireland 6
Israel (Media Forest) 9
Italy (FIMI) 1 PLATINUM 25K
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard) 1
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard) 1
Spain 3
Swiss (Single Charts) 2 GOLD 15K
United Kingdom 9
US Billboard Hot 100 10
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard) 1
US Billboard Dance Club Songs 1

US sales & Mediatraffic points
Week 01: 139K (peak 5 on HDS) & 159K
Week 02: 87K & 170K (peak #7 WW)
Week 03: 81K & 149K
Week 04: 101K & 169K
Week 05: 51K & 145K
Week 06: 32K & 133K
Week 07: 26K & 122K
Week 08: 25K & 145K
Week 09: 29K & 166K
Week 10: 26K & 174K
Week 11: 29K & 163K
Week 12: 30K & 156K
Week 13: 30K & 165K
Week 14: 36K & 152K
Week 15: 36K & 146K
TOTAL US: 756K & 2,314,000

US Airplay peak: 55M

Streaming
YOUTUBE: 51M
SPOTIFY: 83M



TRUE LOVE, the third and final single off Ghost Stories was released on August 18th, 2014

Worldwide peaks & Certifications

US sales & Mediatraffic points
TOTAL

US Airplay Peak:

Streaming
YOUTUBE:
SPOTIFY:





MIDNIGHT, the promo single off Ghost Stories was released on April 19th 2014 on iTunes and with a special vinyl edition for Record Store Day.

Worldwide peaks & Certifications
WW iTunes Tracks: 2
US iTunes Tracks: 2
Australia (ARIA): 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 8
Canada (Canadian Hot 100): 27
Chile 25
Denmark Singles Chart: 3
France (SNEP): 5
Hungary (Single Top 20): 3
Italy Singles Chart: 2
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard): 1
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100): 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ): 11
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard): 1
Spain (Promusicae): 3
Swiss Singles Chart: 20
US Billboard Hot 100: 29
US Billboard Digital Songs: 11
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard): 6
Mediatraffic: 27

US sales estimates & Mediatraffic points
Week 01: 80K & 95K
Week 02: 46K & 72K
Week 03: 26K &
Week 04: 35K
Week 05: 15K
TOTAL US: 202K

US Airplay peak: 0M

Streaming
YOUTUBE: 21M
SPOTIFY: 5M

 

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Midnight:

Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 8

:wacko:

(that's better than ultratip, that one doesn't really mean anything I think)
 

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Updating with these song sales estimates in the US
ASFOS: 87K
Magic: 45K
Midnight: 26K
 

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Thanks a lot for all of these figures! I'm looking to do an article about sales figures for previous albums too which I have quite a lot of sales figures for so this is a great help :D
 

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^^
My pleasure :)
Next week and the following will be crazy once the album drops. Numbers everywhere!
 

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Japan Hot 100: 34 [NE] - A Sky Full of Stars
I'm hoping this will climb higher in few weeks. It has the potential to do so.
 

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Apparently Ghost Stories has already been certified Gold in Switzerland. That has to be an error, surely!



Both "Magic" and "Midnight" have been released as singles though.
WOW this is very impressive. I read about it few days ago but I didn't want to believe it because there was no source. I'm guessing they certified it Gold based on preorders.

Here is what Coldplay wrote when they sent the ASFOS messenger
"Hello again. The second single to be taken from Coldplay's upcoming Ghost Stories album, A Sky Full Of Stars, is now available to download on iTunes worldwide (and as we write, it's already reached #1 in 73 countries!)."
Midnight was a promo single, not an official single. I'm not really sure how to explain the difference. All I know here in the US, only official singles are played on radio. Promo songs are just tracks to help iTunes preorders and create more buzz for the album. The labels don't actively promote it like they do with official singles.
 

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Updating with these numbers. They represent these songs position on the WORLWIDE CHART.
#7 A Sky Full Of Stars (new peak)
#12 Magic

Very good numbers!!
 

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Not only was Midnight a single, but it's the only single so far that's received a physical release (7" vinyl)
 

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Not only was Midnight a single, but it's the only single so far that's received a physical release (7" vinyl)
That was for a special event, Record Store Day. It was a promotional single not an official single like Magic. The band called it promo single, I don't know why shouldn't we?
I'm already having problems finding some data about it, if it was an official single, I wouldn't have this issue this early.
 

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Updating with these albums certifications.
Netherlands GOLD 25K
Switzerland GOLD 15K

This is very impressive given the album was certified in these countries before the release. I think it will be certified PLATINUM very soon.
 

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GHOST STORIES is now available almost everywhere and it's currently number 1 in over 60 countries on iTunes (65 and counting to be exact)
Album: Ghost Stories
#1 United States
#1 United Kingdom
#1 Armenia
#1 Australia
#1 Austria
#1 Azerbaijan
#1 Bahrain
#1 Belarus
#1 Belgium
#1 Botswana
#1 Brazil
#1 Bulgaria
#1 Cyprus
#1 Czech Republic
#1 Denmark
#1 Egypt
#1 El Salvador
#1 Estonia
#1 Fiji
#1 Finland
#1 France
#1 Germany
#1 Greece
#1 Hungary
#1 India
#1 Ireland
#1 Israel
#1 Italy
#1 Jordan
#1 Kazakhstan
#1 Kenya
#1 Latvia
#1 Lebanon
#1 Lithuania
#1 Luxembourg
#1 Malta
#1 Mauritius
#1 Mexico
#1 Moldova
#1 Mongolia
#1 Mozambique
#1 Namibia
#1 Netherlands
#1 New Zealand
#1 Nigeria
#1 Norway
#1 Oman
#1 Papua New Guinea
#1 Poland
#1 Portugal
#1 Qatar
#1 Romania
#1 Russia
#1 Saudi Arabia
#1 Slovakia
#1 Slovenia
#1 South Africa
#1 Sweden
#1 Switzerland
#1 Turkey
#1 Uganda
#1 Ukraine
#1 United Arab Emirates
#1 Vietnam
#1 Zimbabwe
 

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New article on Coldplaying.com, thanks Mackplay for the Ghost Stories figures :)


http://www.coldplaying.com/coldplay-album-sales/


Lots of stats from all previous Coldplay albums, enjoy :)
Just saw this. Let me read. Thank you
Edit: Excellent article. I have 2 corrections (probably just a typo): the US certifications for Viva and MX are wrong but the others are right.

Ghost Stories will have the biggest opening week of 2014 so far and it seems to be selling more than MX. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
We'll have first predictions about the US sales on Tuesday.
 

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It's now #1 in 81 iTunes stores. Here are some

Album: Ghost Stories
#1 United States
#1 United Kingdom
#1 Australia
#1 Austria
#1 Azerbaijan
#1 Barbados
#1 Belarus
#1 Belgium
#1 Belize
#1 Botswana
#1 Brazil
#1 British Virgin Islands
#1 Bulgaria
#1 Canada
#1 Cayman Islands
#1 Cyprus
#1 Czech Republic
#1 Denmark
#1 Egypt
#1 El Salvador
#1 Estonia
#1 Fiji
#1 Finland
#1 France
#1 Germany
#1 Greece
#1 Hungary
#1 India
#1 Indonesia
#1 Ireland
#1 Israel
#1 Italy
#1 Japan
#1 Jordan
#1 Kazakhstan
#1 Kenya
#1 Latvia
#1 Lebanon
#1 Lithuania
#1 Luxembourg
#1 Macau
#1 Malaysia
#1 Malta
#1 Mauritius
#1 Mexico
#1 Moldova
#1 Mongolia
#1 Mozambique
#1 Namibia
#1 Netherlands
#1 New Zealand
#1 Nigeria
#1 Norway
#1 Papua New Guinea
#1 Paraguay
#1 Peru
#1 Philippines
#1 Poland
#1 Portugal
#1 Qatar
#1 Romania
#1 Russia
#1 Saint Kitts and Nevis
#1 Saudi Arabia
#1 Singapore
#1 Slovakia
#1 Slovenia
#1 South Africa
#1 Spain
#1 Sri Lanka
#1 Sweden
#1 Switzerland
#1 Taiwan
#1 Thailand
#1 Trinidad and Tobago
#1 Turkey
#1 Uganda
#1 Ukraine
#1 United Arab Emirates
#1 Vietnam
#1 Zimbabwe
#2 Antigua and Barbuda
#2 Argentina
#2 Armenia
#2 Bahrain
#2 Bermuda
#2 Brunei Darussalam
#2 Chile
#2 Costa Rica
#2 Honduras
#2 Kyrgyzstan
#3 Hong Kong
#3 Oman
#5 Colombia
#5 Ecuador
#5 Guatemala
#5 Uzbekistan
#6 Panama
#6 Venezuela
#7 Bolivia
#8 Nicaragua
#10 Ghana
#11 Cambodia
#11 The Bahamas
#12 Dominican Republic
#62 Cape Verde
 
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