Coldplay have failed to knock Adele off the top spot in the UK album chart, giving 25 its third week at number one. A Head Full Of Dreams is Coldplay’s seventh studio album, but is the band’s first not to debut in the top spot.
Adele’s 25 is still on top of the UK album chart.
25 managed to shift another 354,000 copies over the last seven days, giving Adele the highest third week sales for a chart-topping album since Take That’s The Circus, which sold 382,000 copies for its third week at number one in 2008.
But despite A Head Full Of Dreams being the first Coldplay album not to debut in the number one spot, it has given the band their strongest opening week sales since 2008’s Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, according to the Official Charts Company.
A Head Full Of Dreams sold 236,000 copies this week, beating their last outing, 2014’s Ghost Stories which debuted with 168,000 sales. The album is also the highest selling number two record in five years, since Rihanna’s Loud in December 2010, which sold 249,000 copies.
Elsewhere in the chart, at number three is Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream, celebrating its sixth week on the chart. Justin Bieber is at number four with Purpose, while Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh rounds off the top five in its 16th week on the chart.
A new entry this week comes from 'X-Factor' runner-up Fleur East, whose debut album Love, Sax and Flashbacks debuts at number 14. Another new entry comes at number 26 as Bette Midler’s 14th studio album, A Gift Of Love enters the chart.