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    X&Y Sets Online Pre-order Record

    LONDON: Coldplay's new album "X&Y", which hits the shops in Britain on Monday, has become the most pre-ordered album yet on Amazon.co.uk, the British arm of the US online retailer said Friday.


    It has been at the top of Amazon.co.uk's 100 albums chart since March 15, when it became available for pre-order, but only on Friday did it overtake Dido's "Life for Rent" for the pre-order honours.


    Though Amazon.co.uk did not release actual sales figures for Coldplay's third album, it said pre-orders of "X&Y" had surpassed those of "Life for Rent" by more than 10 percent.


    "It's clearly important to Coldplay's fan base that they are the first to hear the new album, which just goes to show that the band's following is one of the most loyal in music today," said Amazon.co.uk music editor Helen Marquis.Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin, had hoped that the first single off the album, Speed of Sound", would go straight to number one in the British pop charts last weekend.


    But it was humiliated to the top by German dance group Axel F's novelty mix of the "bah-ding-ding-ding" Crazy Frog mobile phone ringtone with the theme from the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies.


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