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Adele holds off Coldplay in No.1 fight

By Lorna Cooper

Coldplay have failed to topple singer Adele from the number one spot in this week's Official Albums Chart.

A Head Full Of Dreams is the first studio album by the Chris Martin-fronted band not to debut at the top spot.

Adele's 25 logged its third week at number one with another mammoth week of sales, shifting 354,000 copies over the last seven days.

This has secured the Oscar-winner the highest third-week sales for a number one album since Take That's 2008 release The Circus, which recorded 382,000 sales in its third week at number one.

Coldplay's last album, 2014's Ghost Stories, debuted with 168,000 sales. Back in 2011, the band's Mylo Xyloto notched up 208,000 sales in its first week.

Week one sales of A Head Full Of Dreams make it the highest selling number two album in five years since Rihanna notched up 249,000 sales of Loud. Adele and Coldplay have been booked to appear on the final of The X Factor.

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