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post Jul 13 2020, 06:59 PM
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Coldplay's Parachutes: 20 incredible chart facts on the album's 20th anniversary
13 July 2020 | By Rob Copsey

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Coldplay's debut album Parachutes. To celebrate, Official Charts presents 20 incredible chart facts about the collection.

1. Parachutes debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, knocking Eminemís The Marshall Mathers LP down to 2. The rest of the Top 5 that week was David Grayís White Ladder (3), Mobyís Play (4) and Whitney Houstonís Greatest Hits (5). Look back at the full Top 100.

2. Parachutes sold 70,935 copies in its first week to debut at Number 1, finishing a comfortable 15,157 copies ahead of Eminem.

3. Parachutes spent just one week at Number 1 Ė knocked off the top spot after its first week by The Corrsí In Blue.

4. The album has so far sold 21,300 copies on vinyl. Coldplay are re-issuing it on transparent yellow vinyl on November 20, which you can pre-order here.

5. As of this week, Parachuteís UK chart sales stand at 2.74 million. Thatís made up of:
2.57 million physical sales
119,000 downloads
58,000 streaming equivalent sales

6. The albumís biggest sales week arrived 23 weeks after its release, on the penultimate week of 2000, when it sold 170,642 copies, tipping it over 1 million sales.

7. Across the 20 years since its release, Parachutes has shifted an average of 2,628 chart sales a week.

8. In 2020, the album has an average of 377 chart sales a week.

9. The album spawned three Top 40s on the Official Singles Chart: Shiver (35), Yellow (4) and Trouble (10).

10. The albumís biggest single is Yellow, with 1.38 million chart sales. Itís also the recordís most-streamed song with 80.8 million audio streams.

11. The most popular album track is Donít Panic, on 147,000 chart sales. The track was issued as a single in certain countries but not the UK. After that, itís Spies.

12. The least popular album track, going by UK streams and downloads, is Everythingís Not Lost (and therefore also the hidden track after the song, Life Is For Living).

13. Parachutes is BRIT Certified 9x Platinum.

14. Since we started tracking UK music video streams, Yellow is the albumís most-viewed clip, with 26 million views. Coldplay recently released a previously unseen take from the visual on TikTok.

15. Parachutes finished as the UKís eighth best-selling album of 2000. Look back at the full end-of-year Top 100 here.

16. The album was also the 19th best-seller of 2001.

17. Parachutes has so far spent 192 weeks in the Top 100, including 32 inside the Top 10.

18. The album has sold 31,922 copies on cassette, making it the 33rd best-selling cassette since 2000.

19. Parachutes ranks as Coldplayís third biggest of their eight studio albums.

20. Parachutes is the 22nd biggest album of 21st Century.
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6. The albumís biggest sales week arrived 23 weeks after its release, on the penultimate week of 2000, when it sold 170,642 copies, tipping it over 1 million sales.

The album placed at #8 in this week! The Top 5 cleared 230k and 15 albums passed 100k.
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The album placed at #8 in this week! The Top 5 cleared 230k and 15 albums passed 100k.



Those were the days wub.gif
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post Jul 13 2020, 08:42 PM
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Crazy sales
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post Jul 13 2020, 09:00 PM
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I had it in my head that "Don't Panic" charted in the lower reaches of the Top 40, but I must have got it mixed up with "Shiver". It's probably their most well known "album track" due to its use in films & TV shows over the years.
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Which other two albums of theirs sold more?
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post Jul 13 2020, 09:47 PM
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A Rush Of Blood To The Head and X&Y, but not by much (all are on less than 3 million from latest figures)

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post Jul 14 2020, 06:29 AM
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These are the last sales I can find, the top 3 is pretty close:

A rush of Blood to the Head [2,960k]
X&Y [2,790k]
Parachutes [2,740k]

Mylo Xyloto [1,572k]
Viva la vida or Death and all his Friends [1,500k]
A Head full of Dreams [1,233k]
Ghost stories [710k]
Everyday life [240k]
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Jo Whiley had a special episode last night speaking with the band and playing the album, here.
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I have searched the OCC web site but I can't find this story? Is there a link?
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I have searched the OCC web site but I can't find this story? Is there a link?


https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/c...versary__30198/
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^ Thanks.
I usually look in www.officialcharts.com/news/latest-news/
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QUOTE(Brett-Butler @ Jul 13 2020, 10:00 PM) *
I had it in my head that "Don't Panic" charted in the lower reaches of the Top 40, but I must have got it mixed up with "Shiver". It's probably their most well known "album track" due to its use in films & TV shows over the years.



It appeared on Now 48 too.
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I've always found 'Parachutes' a bit of an over-rated album. I know it's all subjective but 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' and 'X&Y' are both leagues ahead for me. 'Yellow' and 'Trouble' are both classics though wub.gif
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for me actually Parachutes is their best album... A Rush was equally good but then they lost it totally with X&Y becoming a sorta fake U2 impersonators which they were not biggrin.gif
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