Coldplay sets digital sales record after snubbing Spotify

Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay has set a new UK digital album sales record after snubbing the streaming service Spotify.

The band's Mylo Xyloto album set a one-week digital sales record, selling 83,000 copies in the UK.

Total sales for the album stand at 208,000, meaning around 40% of sales were of the digital release.

Reports suggested record label EMI was "a little embarrassed" that the band decided not to license the album to Spotify.

Coldplay apparently wanted Mylo Xyloto to be heard as "one cohesive work" and not split up into individual songs – though this idea was contradicted by the fact that the songs are available as individual downloads on iTunes.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).