Coldplay can be as self-deprecating as they want, but the fact remains that they are one of the biggest rock bands in the world. They proved it when their fifth album, [article id="1672756"]Mylo Xyloto,[/article] moved more than 447,000 copies in its first week on the charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan, notching the third-highest Billboard 200 debut of 2011 behind Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. In a testament to their chart prowess, in addition to snagging their third consecutive #1 debut, the band's previous four albums are back on the charts as well, down in the mid-50s and 60s.
The group has referred to [article id="1673060"]Mylo Xyloto[/article] — which features a cameo from [article id="1672622"]Rihanna on "Princess of China"[/article] — as "schizophrenic" thanks to the wide range of sounds it explores.
Coldplay's first-week showing was more than enough to keep
href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/clarkson_kelly/artist.jhtml">Kelly Clarksonfrom hitting the top of the charts in the debut week of her [article id="1673070"]latest album, Stronger,[/article] which is a distant #2 on sales of 163,000.
Clarkson is back doing what she does best on the disc: writing awesomely powerful [article id="1673554"]pop breakup anthems[/article] like [article id="1670027"]"Mr. Know It All."[/article] She told MTV News that she particularly likes that "feisty" single, since it is so "in your face."
Crooner Michael Bublé is right behind at #3 with Christmas (141,000), with country rabble-rouser Toby Keith landing at #5 with Clancy's Tavern (69,000) and grave-voiced troubadour Tom Waits close on his heels at #6 with Bad as Me (63,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#4, 107,000), Scotty McCreery, Clear as Day (#7, 42,000), Lady Antebellum, Own the Night (#8, 31,000), Tony Bennett, Duets II (#9, 31,000) and Casting Crowns, Come to the Well (#10, 30,000).
Though [article id="1673591"]actress/singer Zooey Deschanel[/article] may have a blue Christmas on the heels of her split from [article id="1621934"]husband Ben Gibbard[/article] of Death Cab for Cutie, she can take some solace that her holiday album with side project She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas, lands at #12 on sales of 29,000.
It was a rougher week for
href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/evanescence/artist.jhtml">Evanescence, whose [article id="1672356"]self-titled third album[/article] fell hard in its third week, losing 45 percent from the previous cycle as it drops nine spots to #13 on sales of 22,000.
Boyz II Men make a comeback to the charts, landing at #20 with, appropriately enough, Twenty (18,000), while the week's most drastic plunge comes from alt rock veterans Jane's Addiction, whose The Great Escape Artist shed 74 percent of its first-week business, and 55 chart spots, to land at #67 (6,000).
The top should get a reshuffle again next week when Justin Bieber's [article id="1673532"]Under the Mistletoe[/article] debuts, alongside the second album from former reality show star Susan Boyle and albums from Miranda Lambert, Florence and the Machine, Wale and Lou Reed and Metallica's controversial hookup, Lulu.