Who Charted? Coldplay Earn Mylo Xylovely No. 1
First! Coldplay sold 447,000 copies of Mylo Xyloto at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which means a few things — they didn’t do better than U2’s No Line on the Horizon did its debut week in 2009, but they did break iTunes’ first-week sales record and earn 2011’s third-highest debut-week sales (behind Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne). In short, sorry, Chris, but record-biz-wise, you are totally in the 1 percent.
2 Through 10: Kelly Clarkson settled for a second-place finish with 163,000 copies of Stronger. Michael Bublé crooned his way into third with Christmas (141,000), marking the official beginning of the two-month period when holiday albums rule the chart. (Scott Weiland, this is good news for you, sir.) Even mute, Adele took No. 4 with 107,000 copies of 21, followed by two debuts: Toby Keith’s Clancy’s Tavern (69,000) and Tom Waits’ Bad as Me (63,000). Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day impressively hung around at No. 7 (42,000), as did Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night (31,000), Tony Bennett’s Duets II (31,000), and Casting Crowns’ Come to the Well (30,000).
She & Awww: Just a day after the world learned Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard have split up, her Xmas disc A Very She & Him Christmas, debuted at No. 12 with 29,000.
Rihanna Still Reigns: The exhausted 23-year-old singer has something to celebrate from her hospital bed — her 11th Hot 100 No. 1 (“We Found Love”). Only Mariah Carey and Madonna have more, as far as lady stars go.