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Coldplay Tops Global List of 2008's Best-selling Albums

"Always keep mystery. Not many interviews." There you have it, fledgling bands of the world. If you start right now and keep in mind those rules, as well as some key others, in about a decade's time you can have the number one album in the world.


Coldplay tops the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's report listing the 50 best-selling  albums of 2008. Coldplay moved 6.8 million copies of Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, more than High School Musical 2, which had the number one spot in 2007. 


Filling out the rest of the top 5 were AC/DC, the soundtrack to Mamma Mia!, Duffy, and Metallica, and who knows what this list is going to look like next year, now that the Earth has fallen through a wormhole into the year 1998. See the rest of the list below.


1. Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

2. AC/DC: Black Ice

3. Various Artists: Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack

4. Duffy: Rockferry

5. Metallica: Death Magnetic

6. Leona Lewis: Spirit

7. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

8. Various Aritsts: High School Musical 3: Senior Year

9. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

10. Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad

11. Madonna: Hard Candy

12. Beyonce: I Am...Sasha Fierce

13. P!ink: Funhouse

14. Guns N' Roses: Chinese Democracy

15: Britney Spears: Circus

16. Jack Johnson: Sleep Through The Static

17. Il Divo: The Promise

18. Taylor Swift: Fearless

19. Jonas Brothers: A Little Bit Longer

20. Various Artists: Camp Rock OST

21. Kings of Leon: Only By The Night

22. Nickelback: Dark Horse

23. Miley Cyrus: Breakout

24. Kid Rock: Rock N Roll Jesus

25. Enya: And Winter came

26. Mariah Carey: E=MC2

27. Take That: The Circus

28. The Killers: Day & Age

29. Usher: Here I Stand

30. T.I.: Paper Trail

31. Kanye West: 808's & Heartbreak

32. Michael Jackson: Thriller (25th Anniversary Edition)

33. Katy Perry: One of The Boys

34. Exile: Exile Ballad Best

35. Ne-Yo: Year of The Gentleman

36. Amy Macdonald: This Is The Life

37. Abba: Gold

38. Namie Amuro: Best Fiction

39. Jonas Brothers: Jonas Brothers

40. Seal: Soul

41. Sugarland: Love On The Inside

42. Celine Dion: My Love Essential Collection

43. Exile: Exile Catchy Best

44. Dido: Safe Trip Home

45. Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift

46. Chris Brown:  Exclusive

47. Twilight: Twilight OST

48. Jason Mraz: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things

49. OneRepublic: Dreaming Out Loud

50. Various Artists: Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 71


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"global list", really?
Honestly, sometimes Americans are so ethnocentric that they forget there are another 6.5 billion people on this planet...
In addition, this list makes me lose faith in American pop culture in general.


Its by sales numbers warren, the numbers dont lie


Correct EEEEeeee, it's a worldwide list, not U.S. only.

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This list proves to me that juveniles have too much money!


The world is coming to an end... this music is shiet, am i the only one who thinks so?


This is sad.


There's no way in a fat hell that these were the top sellers.
I've been watching the international charts for years! There are sooooo many albums not shown. Plus, every site has a different line up for the most sold, which leads me to believe this site is yet another bias community.


Yeah, it's pretty bad...why do people like crappy music?


I agree lets play the same sh*t songs over and over and over again on corporate radio


I wish we could go back 40 or 50 years to when the charts listed GOOD music.


I think there were alot of good albums on that list. Michael Jackson did pretty good compared to all the negative press, who always wants to break him down.. Here's the proof: Michael Jackson is unstoppable! His Thriller album which was released 26 years ago now has been over the top 50 list of best selling albums of 2008. Michael Jackson is in, he's the king, and he's coming back even STRONGER! Wait and see.


this has to be a worldwide list since two of the albums are from Japan.. it isn't just US..


I think the list is correct, coz numbers speack the truth, and maybe you american doesn't know, Coldplay is HUGE in asia (as you know, there are many people in asia, it is not a surprise for them to sell that many copies.)

well, there are only 3 albums from asia.

Exile is on No.34 and 43 sold 1.5 million and 1.2 million copies,
Namie Amuro is on No.38 which sold 1.4 million copies.


Gods of of rock AC/DC beaten by crappy coldplay, what is the world coming to.

coldplay suck

A lot of you guys seem rather angry at that list....Maybe its not what u guys listen to but it doesnt mean its bad..its juts what this generation likes and its us who keep music alive. Coldplay rocks, its just a proven fact, when 7 million people buy an album its not because it has a pretty cover. If it was that easy to write songs as great as "Clocks" or "Viva La Vida", some of u should have done it and show Coldplay what music should sound like.
Im not a big fan of Duffy, Britney Spears and Rihanna but i respect them because theyve reached a musical and success level only a handful of people ever got to. And because none of you will ever reach this level, you should respect every single artist on that list.


This list is as such because all the good music is stolen and technically never tracked.


Death Magnetic all the way.

What? Yes.

The masses are asses

pop punk sucz

Nikolaj.... you jinxed it! lol
I have to agree tho, he WAS a legend!




wow Britney reached top 15 when her album came out December 2 ,2008 only months before January 2009


When you are in America you fail to see the world as the rest of the world sees it. Such lists are made by Americans for Americans and you are not supposed to take it as the gospel truth. These are guys trying to make a living and you are not supposed to think they know about the WORLD. They write things based on what little info they get and assumptions and what they think Americans want to hear. Don't underestimate the rest of the world. A quick example is P-SQUARE, a duo group in Africa. they sold 8000000 copies in 2007 (You can confirm via Wikipedia) but were not in the so called World-wide list. Same goes for those most-famous celebrity lists. I've been to Africa and they don't know these high-rated celebs like Angelina Jolie. Instead, they tend to be more familiar with musicians like Celine Dion, Beyonce, Mariah, etc coz most people dont have TVs but many have Radios. Plus people who don't understand English were more likely to listen to English songs (Google 'kenlee' and witness for yourselves) than they were to watch an English movie. And I think the trend is the same in other third-world countries outside Africa. So remember the people who write these lists are as ignorant as we are if not more ignorant.


fantastic list, i own most of these albums, Coldplay's album is amazing and has earnt #1 position, shame Madonna's Hard Candy wasn't higher because that is just EPIC!!
Britney did extremely well for one month of sales, as did Beyonce and P!NK, Duffy has grown on me and so has AC/DC's album.
Michael jackson has proved to be unbeatable and may he rest in peace :).
cannot wait to see the list for 2009, it's a British invasion and electropop year too!!
Florence & The Machine,Lady Gaga, Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney, Michael Jackson, Whitney,Muse,The Beatles,La Roux,Mika,Robbie Williams,Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis,Timbaland, Jay-Z,Little Boots,The Noisettes,David Guetta, Calvin Harris,The prodigy and Dizzee Rascal are to name MAJOR performers and rockers who have released major material this year which i think will prove GOLD when in the chart of 2009, some big in UK which may score highly on the charts!!! :) i live in hope XD


9eric, could you be any more ignorant. the list is based off numbers from IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), it's based in London. Yes, it's the closest thing there is to an organization that tracks global sales.


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