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Coldplay tops worldwide sales for 2005

Last Updated: Friday, March 31, 2006 | 5:55 PM ET

Coldplay's X&Y was the world’s bestselling album in 2005 in an industry that saw overall sales drop by three per cent. 

A report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents hundreds of music companies around the world, said X&Y sold 8.3 million copies globally. That topped Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi, which sold 7.7 million and 50 Cent’s The Massacre with 7.5 million.

Coldplay's Chris Martin performs in Toronto on May 11, 2005. The British group's latest album was the top-seller of the year. (CP PHOTO/Tobin Grimshaw)
Coldplay's Chris Martin performs in Toronto on May 11, 2005. The British group's latest album was the top-seller of the year. (CP PHOTO/Tobin Grimshaw)
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Coldplay won two Brit Awards in February for X&Y, released last June. The band is slated to play at the Juno Awards ceremony this Sunday night in Halifax.

Revenues for CDs and music DVDs dropped 6.7 per cent to $21.6 billion as digital music sales more than doubled from 2004, rising to $1.3 billion from $470 million.

“Physical music sales declined again for a combination of reasons, including digital and physical piracy, competition from other entertainment products and the shift in consumer spending to online and mobile,” IFPI  chair John Kennedy said.

"In 2006, we expect to see continued growth online and more innovative mobile services attracting music fans into the legal digital market.”

The music industry has fought hard against illegal downloading by going after those who trade files and offering legal alternatives such as the Apples iTunes site. But that didn’t seem enough to bolster overall music sales.

Kennedy did see a silver lining. “In Japan, digital has already made up for the decline in physical sales [so] other markets should go this way.”

The report listed Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, home to U2 and Carey, as the the biggest music company in the world followed by Sony BMG and EMI, home to Coldplay.

Top Albums of 2005 Worldwide:

  1. Coldplay, X&Y (8.3 million)
  2. Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi (7.7 million)
  3. 50 Cent, The Massacre (7.5 million)
  4. Black Eyed Peas, Monkey Business (6.8 million)
  5. Green Day,  American Idiot (6.4 million)
  6. Madonna, Confessions on a Dance Floor (6.3 million)
  7. Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway (6.1 million)
  8. Eminem, Curtain Call (5.5 million)
  9. James Blunt, Back to Bedlam (5.5 million)
  10. Robbie Williams, Intensive Care  (5.4 million)

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