'Vida' is good for Coldplay


It might officially be time to call Coldplay the most popular rock band in America.

"Viva la Vida" went loco at retail, giving the Brits their second consecutive No. 1 debut of more than 700,000 units. The band's previous record, "X&Y," bowed with 16,000 more copies sold in 2005. No other rock group has matched that figure since, with only the Eagles' November release "Long Road Out of Eden" managing to top 700,000 units.

The London quartet is one of just three U.K. acts to top 700,000 in a single week during the 17-year SoundScan era, joining a couple of little combos called U2 and the Beatles.

Coldplay's new album, officially titled "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends," also breaks the record for most digital downloads in a single week with 288,000, or 40% of its total. That's more than double the previous record holder, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static."

"Viva la Vida" couldn't match the phenomenal million-selling debut by Lil Wayne last week, but the albums mark just the second back-to-back debuts of at least 700,000 units in SoundScan history. Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again" (1.3 million) was followed by Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" (1.8 million) in summer 2000.

Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" held up pretty well in its sophomore week, easily beating the soundtrack to Disney's latest telefilm. Still, "Camp Rock" in its first week becomes the 20th soundtrack to sell at least 100,000 units this year; only 13 had hit that milestone at this time in 2007.

California acts score the two other top 10 bows this week: Santa Barbara's Katy Perry, riding the smash pop single "I Kissed a Girl," enters the top tier for the first time with "One of the Boys," while O.C. punk veterans the Offspring hit the top 10 for the sixth time with "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace."

Meanwhile, metal gods Judas Priest assume the highest position of their 30-year chart career with the concept album "Nostradamus," which enters at No. 11.

Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.