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Coldplay reaches another digital milestone, becoming the first artist to sell more than one million digital albums in US and two million worldwide

North American tour continues with two Los Angeles area shows this week

Video for Strawberry Swing, Coldplay’s next single, premieres on Monday

July 16, 2009 — Based on Nielsen SoundScan data, Coldplay is the first artist to sell more than 1 million full digital albums in the United States. The band has sold 1.358 million digital albums in the States and its label, EMI, reports sales from around the globe total two million digital albums worldwide.

Coldplay has a long history of setting digital sales records. Viva La Vida (Parlophone/Capitol), its most recent album, is the top-selling digital album in SoundScan history while 2005′s X&Y was the first-ever digital album available for pre-order. After the release of X&Y, Coldplay became the first artist to sell one million digital tracks in the U.S.

The video for Strawberry Swing, Coldplay’s next single, will premiere on Monday, July 20th, on http://www.babelgum.com. The groundbreaking short film was directed by visual artists Shynola and features vocalist Chris Martin as an animated superhero in a chalk-drawn world. For a sneak preview of the video plus some stills from the full version, visit:


Coldplay, a seven-time GRAMMY® winner, launched its 2009 North American tour in May. The band will play two concerts in the Los Angeles area this weekend – Saturday, July 18th, at Home Depot Center in Carson, and Sunday, July 19th, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. The tour wraps up in Tampa on August 9th. Coldplay will kick off a series of European dates on August 16th in Herning, Denmark.

Released in June 2008, Viva La Vida charted at No. 1 in 36 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, and was the Top Selling Global Album of 2008 according to IFPI, the body that represents the recording industry worldwide.

NOTE: Coldplay’s sales milestone of more than 2 million full digital albums includes the download sales of four of the band’s complete studio albums, a live album and a full-length EP, and is not calculated on the track equivalent basis (TEA) that SoundScan uses to calculate its digital album chart.

Coldplay – 2009 North American tour summer tour

Date City/State Venue
7/16 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
7/18 Carson, CA Home Depot Center
7/19 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/21 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
7/22 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/25 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/27 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/30 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
8/1 Montreal, QC Parc Jean-Drapeau – Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
8/2 Liberty State Park, NJ All Points West Music & Arts Festival
8/3 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
8/6 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
8/7 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/9 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre

Supporting acts:
Amadou & Mariam – July 10-24
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – July 10-August 9
Elbow – July 25-August 9


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