Coldplay are strong bets to score their first ever UK number one single with early retail sales suggesting Viva La Vida will debut at number one this Sunday.
The Parlophone track had previously been excluded from the chart after being made available as an individual download to anyone pre-ordering the digital version of the band’s new album. However, that situation has now passed, allowing Viva La Vida to qualify for the singles chart for the first time.
Coldplay, whose Speed Of Sound was famously prevented from becoming the band’s first number one single in 2005 by Crazy Frog, are presently a few hundred sales ahead of Mint Royale’s Syco-issued Singin’ In The Rain with Def Jam/Mercury’s Close by Ne-Yo third in a tightly-packed race among the leading contenders.
In fact, there are little more than 2,000 sales separating the current midweek number one and Jive/RCA act Chris Brown’s Forever at number eight.
While the battle for number one on the singles chart is too close to call at present, Coldplay are certainties to spend a second week at the top of the artist albums chart with Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends currently outselling its closest challenger, Rockferry by Duffy, by more than six units to one.
Coldplay could also find themselves with two simultaneous Top 10 singles for the first time with Violet Hill presently sitting at 10 on the midweeks, up from 12 where it landed on last Sunday’s chart.
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