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Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” Wins Album Sales Race, Brantley Does 211K

Coldplay [NBC]

This past week brought 2014’s best one-two punch on the Billboard 200 album sales chart.

The chart’s top two respective positions were seized by Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” and Brantley Gilbert’s “Just as I Am,” which both got off to very solid sales starts.

Now the owner of 2014’s best opening week, Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” debuted to a total of 383,000. While the mark continues the band’s streak of sales declines–the releases since 2005’s “X&Y” have all sold less than their predecessors–it represents a strong total in the today’s music climate.

Brantley Gilbert, meanwhile, earned the best sales week of his career. “Just as I Am” debuted to the welcome tune of 211,000 sales.

The full top ten follows:
1) Coldplay – Ghost Stories – 383K
2) Brantley Gilbert – Just as I Am – 211K
3) Michael Jackson – Xscape – 67K
4) Frozen Soundtrack – 65K
5) The Black Keys – Turn Blue – 54K
6) NOW 50 – 51K
7) Phillip Phillips – Behind the Light – 41K
8) The Fault in Our Stars Soundtrack – 34K
9) Iggy Azalea – The New Classic – 22K
10) Rascal Flatts – Rewind – 22K

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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