Coldplay are doing something a little bit quirky. No, giving their fifth album a cryptically exotic title doesn’t count. Days after Chris Martin weirdly hung up on a radio interviewer who asked about his totally newsworthy wife, Rolling Stone reports that the British rockers have opted not to make Mylo Xyloto available to Spotify, Rhapsody, and other streaming services. The band did allow iTunes to stream songs from Mylo last week, and so far the band hasn’t said why they’re limiting the digital release of their latest disc to download-only services.
Still, Coldplay’s latest looks poised to debut at the top of the U.S. album charts by a healthy margin, according to Billboard. Mylo is reportedly expected to sell no fewer than 440,000 copies by October 30. That would give Coldplay their third No. 1 album, joining 2005’s X&Y (737,000 sold its first week) and 2008’s Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (721,000). The predicted sales number would also mark the biggest sales week for a rock album since U2’s No Line on the Horizon sold 484,000 in its first week more than two years ago, Billboard notes. Only Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million) and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV can boast higher opening-week sales in 2011.
In other Coldplay news, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn directed a live Web broadcast of Coldplay’s concert performance in Madrid on Wednesday night. Corbijn’s credits include music videos for U2’s “One” and Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box,” and he’s also responsible for such movies as The American and Control. Coldplay also took some time to stop by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge today for a cover of Mylo guest star Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” which you can hear here. Wait a second: How could a world with xylophone toes ever be a “hopeless place”?