Coldplay album Ghost Stories set to top charts
Coldplay are on course for the top of the charts after selling more than 82,000 copies of their new album on its first day of release.
The sales success of Ghost Stories, based on figures from the Official Charts Company, means it is virtually certain to top the charts this weekend and give the band its sixth number one album.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: "The arrival of a new Coldplay album is always an event and Ghost Stories is no exception. To so comfortably achieve the biggest first day of any album is remarkable, especially after a three-year wait since their last album. Every one of Coldplay's six studio albums have achieved number one status and Ghost Stories is on course to maintain that perfect record."
Other contenders for Sunday's top five include the new album by former Beautiful South mainstays Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott and Oasis's Definitely Maybe reissue.
There is also likely to be an appearance in the top 20 by Bob Blakeley - a warehouse man-turned-crooner who signed a record deal after being turned down by the coaches on The Voice.
The singer from Stockport impressed the audience at the BBC singing show with his performance of Cry Me A River, but none of the panel volunteered to mentor him.
But his career prospered after Mike Batt, who put together the Wombles group and launched the career of Katie Melua, got in touch to sign him up.