X&Y Sets Online Record

Originally posted on June 04, 2005 2:59 PM

British rock band Coldplay have set a record for internet pre-orders with their new album X&Y.

The record, which has been at the top of Amazon's UK chart since March, has surpassed the mark set by singer Dido's 2003 album Life For Rent.

The music editor of the site, Helen Marquis, said the new benchmark showed the loyalty of Coldplay fans.

Their new single, Speed Of Sound, was beaten to the number one spot last Sunday by the novelty Crazy Frog song.

Coldplay appeared on Friday night's Jonathan Ross programme on BBC One, and incorporated a refrain from the Frog's Axel F song into their performance.

The band, fronted by Chris Martin, have yet to score a chart-topping single in the UK.

But their two previous albums, Parachutes and A Rush Of Blood To The Head, have reached number one and proved to be big sellers.

The new album was illegally leaked onto the internet on Monday, the day preview copies were sent out to radio stations and its release date in Japan.

The band's record company EMI said their anti-piracy measures to keep the album under wraps had proved a success until then.

The album is widely tipped to go straight in at number one on 12 June when the charts are revealed.

BBC News

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