Coldplay’s ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ Hits 5 Million US Sales

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Album art | Parlophone/Capitol Records

Led by a massive 436% jump in vinyl sales, Coldplay’s best selling ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ returns to America’s catalog charts.

With nearly 800 pure copies sold in the week ending July 19, ‘Head’ records a 145% jump across all formats. Almost three fourths of those sales came from vinyl copies, possibly aided by a nationwide Barnes and Noble promotion dubbed ‘Vinyl Weekend’ (July 13-15, representing the first three days of the tracking week). The album’s cumulative pure sales total in the United States rises to 5.08 million. The project was last reported at 4,925,000 copies approximately four years ago.


First released in 2002, ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ was the album that cemented Coldplay’s breakthrough on the American charts. It debuted in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the classic hits “The Scientist” and “Clocks” (Hot 100: #29) on it way to selling 35x what it did in its week of availability (144,000).

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